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Top 30+ must reads on change management

Change has become an everyday part of organizational dynamics. Any organization that will not make changes risks being left behind, forgotten, risks competitors driving them out of business or faces possible closure.

Top 30+ must reads on change management

#1 – Basic change management questions to consider

Change programs that succeed put an equal emphasis on both performance and health in answering seven basic change management questions that should shape any change program.

Seven basic change management questions to consider

#2 – Leading change – Questions to ask first

Before implementing any grand change ambitions, leaders should first stop and ask seven important questions.

#3 – What questions to ask before embarking on any organizational change

Deciding what to change is one thing. Making changes stick is another. To improve your odds, use this change management checklist.

Organizational change management checklist

#4 – Avoid pitfalls of organizational change

Leading your company through change has become different from how it was ten to twenty years ago. Without foresight and preparation, organizations succumb to pitfalls that are typically foreseeable and avoidable.

Top 20+ organizational change management pitfalls

#5 – Beat the transformation odds

Making change happen, and making it stick. A SORTED approach to successful transformational change

#6 – Creating a sense of urgency alerts the organization that change must occur

Does change management need a sense of urgency? A burning platform?

#7 – Change management require a compelling story

Change management require a compelling change story, communicating it to employees and following it up with ongoing communications and involvement. But in practice there are some pitfalls in achieving the desired impact. What motivates leders doesn’t motivate most employees.

In an era of uncertainty the capability to change is now the difference between surviving and thriving – a strategic asset

#8 – Employees’ emotions are where the momentum for real change lies

Many leaders excel at building the rational case for change, but they are less adept in appealing to people’s emotional core. Yet the employees’ emotions are where the momentum for real transformation ultimately lies.

#9 – See – feel – change is more effective than analyze – think – change

Both thinking and feeling are essential, but the heart of change is in the emotions.

#10 – The role of feelings

Leading transformational change requires an intimate understanding of the human side.

#11 – ”We” need to change “them”

To many leaders still believe that “we” need to change “them” is the way forward when it comes to change management.

#12 – Overcoming barriers to organizational change

Overcoming barriers to change in an organization can be difficult!

#13 – Resistance to change is normal

Resistance to organizational change is rarely irrational. Employees resist change efforts from a perspective that makes perfect sense to them.

Resistance to change in organizations

#14 – Battling with change resistance

Resistance to change is inevitable, and management must be prepared to respond to it.

#15 – Key elements in reducing resistance to change

Each change programme will have to be implemented on its own merits. But there are things we can do to reduce the level of resistance.

#16 – Increase engagement when leading change

Successful transformation also generates “soft” benefits, such as trust, new organizational capabilities, and emotional commitment among employees. When leading change increase engagement by asking questions.

#17 – Storytelling an important part of change management

What do stories have to do with change management?

#18 – Reduce the time an organization needs to navigate change programs

Social media tools can reduce the time an organization needs to navigate change programs and deliver a better change experience from the employee’s perspective – this, in turn, builds a foundation for employees to be more continuously change capable in the future.

How can social media can facilitate change management

#19 – Organizations don’t change. People do – or they don’t

If employees don’t trust leadership, don’t share the organization’s vision, don’t buy into the reason for change – there will be no successful change – regardless of how brilliant the strategy.

#20 – Change management is not an event

Many change initiatives fail because too many managers don’t realize that transformation is a process, not an event.

#21 – Dolphins not whales

Change management is a dolphin, not a whale. What? Wait. Dolphins and whales? What have dolphins and whales to do with change management?

Change management is a dolphin, not a whale – What have dolphins and whales to do with change management?

#22 – The power of small wins

When you have a daunting mountain to climb, it is often best to break it into molehills. Large change management problems are best broken down into smaller ones with concrete achievable goals.

#23 – Real change management happens at the bottom

Change efforts must include plans for identifying leaders and pushing responsibility for design and implementation down trough the organization.

#24 – How to measure change management success

Change measurement should be considered during the planning of change and before any action is undertaken.

#25 – Is change readiness is the new change management

Companies most likely to be successful in making change work to their advantage are the ones that no longer view change as a discrete event to be managed, but as a constant opportunity to evolve the business.

The price of doing the same old thing is far higher than the price of change

#26 – Bridging the gap between success and failure

Why is there this “change gap” between success and failure?

#27 – Change is changing – Riding the wave of change

Companies need change leaders! People comfortable with the new and happy operating in an environment of uncertainty and chaos.

#28 – Rethink change management

Do change management needs to change?

#29 – Organizational change capability a competitive advantage

A company that is adept at managing change remains agile and can continuously generate sustainable competitive advantage.

#30 – Change management comics

Is there humor to be found in change management? This article gives an overview of the top change management comics.

#31 – What killed the change

Change management complaints – when not dealt with productivity – can be a death blow to any change initiative.

#32 – The time of classic change management is over

The age of change management has ended – Say hello to continuous change or change readiness

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Torben Rick

Experienced senior executive, both at a strategic and operational level, with strong track record in developing, driving and managing business improvement, development and change management. International experience from management positions in Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and United Kingdom

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