Top Factors in Successful Change Management

“There is a direct correlation between the success of the initiative and how well the people side of change is managed” In the past 20 years, Prosci has been conducting an international benchmarking study to uncover the lessons learned by change practitioners and consultants. The study focuses on what’s working and what’s not. The research…

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Are you sabotaging your change initiative

When it comes to making changes in your business or organisation, no matter how large or small, the ‘wild card’ element is people. We’re all aware that the success of organisational change rests on our people’s ability and willingness to adopt the desired change. But it is often leaders, not employees, who fail the change…

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Workplace Change – it’s all about people

There are two big mistakes leaders are making as they ready their organisations to adapt to an increasingly fast paced and ever changing business environment. They forget that it’s really people who change, not the organisation. Secondly, they think of change management as a one off event rather than an ongoing and continually evolving process. Changes can appear organisational but the reality is that change only occurs…

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Following the numbers – Financial Acumen

Leadership and management teams need to have business acumen, not just vision and leadership skills. I made this point when I was the guest speaker at a recent, Leadership in the Spotlight seminar held locally. Leaders and managers need people skills, implementation skills and, importantly, financial and numeracy skills. At the seminar, the discussion turned…

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Time to pull the plug on old school reviews

USELESS: Box-ticking is funny on Utopia, but excruciating in real life. If your organisation is still carrying out traditional annual performance reviews, stop. You’re wasting time and money, and possibly being counter-productive. I’m talking about those painful, annual formal meetings that managers and their employees usually loathe. Set questions are mechanically asked and scores given…

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How to battle bullying at work

Are you battling inappropriate workplace behaviour, even bullying? It is a major work health and safety issue. According to Safe Work Australia, 9.4 per cent of Australian workers have experienced workplace bullying in the previous six months. It is costly in terms of lost productivity and workers’ compensation. $22,600 is the median cost for accepted…

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Networking for Introverts and a Side Note for Extroverts

If you ask the question introvert or extrovert in any group you’re sure to find people readily self-identify and then commence giving examples and even excuses for their behavior ‘oh I know I’m a party animal that’s because I’m an extrovert’, or ‘I turn down social invitations regularly but my friends understand because I’m an…

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Managing Staff is Not Parenting

What’s your reaction when individuals or organisations consider their employees to be ‘children’ and the workforce to be their ‘family’? We often form strong bonds with colleagues and the reference to family is associated with well-intentioned care for colleagues. However, there are serious pitfalls in assuming the way we function in our family setting is…

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Book: Who Moved My Cheese

I remember first reading this book around 15 years ago. With 1000’s of books on leadership and change management published each year there is a danger in thinking that old (first published in 1998) books with a simple story have little to offer. In this case, I think it’s the simplicity that allows the reader…

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