Change Lessons From the 2016 Presidential Election

No matter your party affiliation, the results of the U.S. presidential election can teach us a lot about change leadership. It’s a lesson, I’m afraid, that both parties will ignore. At the same time, it may point the way for those who are feeling a sense of despair. According to the latest Associated Press tally, Donald Trump … More Change Lessons From the 2016 Presidential Election

What Is Change Management Anyway? (Repost)

  A marketing exec friend of mine gave me a call the other day to catch up.   After swapping stories about families and our current work, he finally asked after years of knowing me, “What exactly is change management anyway?” I had to think for a moment before answering him for a couple of reasons.  First, because he’s … More What Is Change Management Anyway? (Repost)

Words Mean Everything

Most change leaders are highly aware of the need to manage their messages. Unfortunately, even when helped by outside consultants with green shoes (I couldn’t resist!), most leaders rarely put into practice everything we know about engagement, communication and managing emotions during times of change. Why? Because dealing with the human side of projects is … More Words Mean Everything

Context is Everything

At 7:51 am on January 12, 2007, a man wearing a baseball cap, T-shirt and faded jeans entered L’Enfant Plaza in Washington D.C. amid the morning rush of commuters and quietly removed his violin from its case. The violin was the rare Gibson ex-Huberman handcrafted in 1713 by Antonio Stradivari during the Italian master’s “golden … More Context is Everything

A Unified Vision of Change?

Change, transformation, re-engineering, BPR, Kaizen, Six Sigma, reinvention, lean, optimization, globalization, standardization, integration, turnaround, downsizing, rightsizing, reductions-in-force, outsourcing, in-sourcing, self-managed teams, learning organizations, and the list goes on. Maybe these employees have the right idea about change.

Everybody’s Changing

Every time I hear Tom Chaplin’s delicate and vulnerable delivery of Tim Rice-Oxley’s lyrics, I imagine an executive choosing this song as the script for their change announcement.   The balance between an urgent necessity and a confusing transition strikes a note of truth that if only spoken more frequently would show an incredible regard … More Everybody’s Changing