What is Change Management?
This is a process normally initiated at a senior level. Why is so much attention focused on change management? The answer is that managers are required to introduce change in order to be more competitive. They seek to improve an aspect of production, or quality, to reduce delays, or whatever management thinks is necessary, but basically, change is about the bottom line. And change is never easy, so managing change effectively within an organisation is vital to its success. Change management has become ubiquitous in the corporate world, and in fact, in all professional spheres. And what is change management in essence? For it to be authentic and effective, the change must be embraced by the whole organisation. It must be a change of organisational culture.
On The Other Hand
"On the other hand, change can be confusing" Michael Porter, Harvard Business School
Change is always confusing
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Change management and leadership: The last fart of the ferret
“When a ferret is cornered it emits a powerful stench like a skunk. Employees, when facing closure of the company, may come up with some of their most creative ideas.”
"[The idea] was developed by Taiichi Ohno, father of the Toyota Production System and an inspiration to many Systems Thinkers. In an interview with an Economist journalist (and which I have never been able to trace), he reportedly likened creativity in a survival culture to the last fart of the ferret.” (Reference: Amabile, Hadley and Kramer: Creativity Under the Gun; Andrew Carey: Inside Project Red Stripe;Taiichi Ohno)
Change Process Health Check - Download file
Change management projects, corporate restructuring and reorganisation often lead to resistance among workers, especially when several changes are being introduced at a rapid rate. To successfully implement these change processes, change management coaching is becoming increasingly important. Read more...
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HBR's 10 Must Reads on Change Management
Harvard Business Review
If you read nothing else on change management, read these 10 articles (featuring “Leading Change,” by John P. Kotter). We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you spearhead change in your organization.
This collection of best-selling articles includes: featured article "Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail" by John P. Kotter, "Change Through Persuasion," "Leading Change When Business Is Good: An Interview with Samuel J. Palmisano," "Radical Change, the Quiet Way," "Tipping Point Leadership," "A Survival Guide for Leaders," "The Real Reason People Won't Change," "Cracking the Code of Change," "The Hard Side of Change Management," and "Why Change Programs Don't Produce Change."