August Imperia – Change Management Must-Reads

August has been largely dominated by the Rio Olympics. Many us got caught up with the sports we only watch every 4 years, (I am now Simone Biles’ biggest fan!) and got emotional every time someone cried on the podium.

While our attention was diverted, some incredible articles on change management were being written. So if you, like myself, were a bit distracted by the splendor and the glory of the games then now is a good time as any to catch up on the latest change management news and ideas. Enjoy,

Chris!

10 Change-Management Strategies That Are Backed By Science

Carol Kinsey Goman gives us a great explanation of the scientific facts behind change management. It is always fascinating to know that behind every step of the change journey, there is a chemical and neurological reaction going on inside of us. The following is a great example:

“Most of our daily activities including many of our work habits are controlled by a part of the brain called the basal ganglia. These habitual repetitive tasks take much less mental energy to perform because they become hard wired and we no longer have to give them much conscious thought. So it’s no wonder that the way we’ve always done it not only feels right, it feels good.”

Understanding the 10 Change-Management Strategies That Are Backed By Science is a valuable asset for any change manager.

 

How to Introduce a New Feature to Change-Resistant Users

My colleague at WalkMe, EMILIA D’ANZICA, explains how to deal with Change-resistant users and the introduction of new features. She leaves no doubt as to the importance of catering to the individual user. But most of all, why it is critical to “Develop an onboarding strategy that allows customers to take on changes and updates at their own pace, and provide them with the necessary support to do so.”

What is needed in the organizational change process to reduce resistant forces?  

One of the comments Anil Saxena made in this article which rang true with me was: “Don’t seek to change, seek to transform.” Often, we make changes for the sake of change and keeping up with the latest trends. A word of advice, always have the end goal in mind when you begin the process. More than just that, make sure everyone around you is in the loop and understands the end goal.

 

Why Your Company Needs More Ceremonies

I absolutely loved this article. Team exercises, ceremonies and team building can be a make or break in a difficult change period. The feeling that you are not going through it alone, that you have a support system and just in general to unwind can make the world of difference.
This resonates with me on a personal level. At WalkMe, a longstanding tradition is weekly Thursday afternoon Beer & Munchies. This is a tradition was established by our CEO, Dan Adika, when weekly meetings included a representative from each department present his or her team’s accomplishments…over beer and snacks. This is a great time for company wide bonding and to relieve stress. Thanks Patti Sanchez for a great article!

 

Getting Employees On Board when Implementing Change Management

Founder-CEO of CommLab India, RK Prasad, takes us through the motions of change management with the help of the Kubler-Ross model of the five stages of grief. He shows us the shock, denial, anger, skepticism, and finally acceptance and integration are to be expected when undergoing change.

On the whole, a great article!

 

Managing Organizational Change Management

Torben Rick gives us the breakdown of the 21 pitfalls to avoid in organisational change management. A great infographic which is very clear and easy to follow will map out the dangers and obstacles when navigating the tricky waters of change.

This is Perhaps the Best Lesson You Can Learn from the Yahoo! Acquisition News

My take on the change lessons to be learnt from the downfall and subsequent acquisition of Yahoo! In one of my latest blogs I share why I feel that their inability to change successfully was what let to their inability to keep up with the evolving demands of the tech market.

Christopher Smith
Chris is the Lead Author & Editor of Change Blog. Chris established the Change blog to create a source for news and discussion about some of the issues, challenges, news, and ideas relating to Change Management.
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