April’s Greatest Hits- The Articles that Wowed Us

Once again, I have scoured and searched the internet for this month’s best articles; and believe me, they will not disappoint! Inside, you can remember why training supports organizational change, learn some valuable lessons from Mac and Cheese, and more!

 

Change Management: 3 Reasons Why Training Supports Organizational Change

Fionnuala Courtney gets the ball rolling with this month’s best articles. She explains to us why a failure to adequately train your staff will result in poor adoption of change.

The first reason that Training increases the rate of change management success; is simply because Change management failures are often attributed to negative employee attitudes and unproductive management behavior. This is an area easily remedied by additional training of both management and the employees.

The second reason is because of the positive influence that Employee Training has on maintaining visibility of company goals and encouraging a sense belonging. We, as Change Managers, often underestimate how critical employee motivation is. When the employees, and Management alike, have an idea of the goals of the company and have a feeling of belonging, they will be more open to adapt to change.

The writer’s third and final point in the article is that Training promotes employee engagement. If the employees are being engaged, we can understand where our Change strategy is going wrong and through this, adapt and improve efficiency.

Definitely worth a read this month!

 

Leaders Are Getting Better At Change Management — But Not At Transformation

An interesting article by Ron Ashkenas, in which he discusses, among other the things, the differences between Change and Transformation.

“Transformation is another animal altogether.”

It differs from Change management ,in that change management works on a variety of discrete, well-defined shifts; Transformation is, to put it in its most simple term – reinventing the organization’s image.

It makes for a fascinating read.

 

7 Leadership Styles The Best Bosses Use (Just Not All At Once)

Again, I have decided to explore the aspect of leadership. Anyone who has read my blog will know how much emphasis I place on leadership in Change Management.

So, in this article by The Muse, we see the 7 best leadership styles for a captain to steer you through the rough waters of change.

  1. The Guru – The style for the knowledgeable, experienced professional.
  2. The Questioner – The opposite of the Guru, this style is ideal for an inexperienced leader who finds himself surrounded by a great team. Question them and coax the best out of them.
  3. The Orchestrator – Often the best style. Making sure everyone is engaged; build the relationships in your team.
  4. The Standard Setter – Set extremely high standards for your team – and then surprise everyone by achieving them.
  5. The Developer – Mentor your team. Coach individuals and get the best out of them and by doing this, improve your team’s ability.
  6. The Idealist- Be positive and dare to dream.
  7. The Rock – Patience and dedication to your goals will 9 times out of 10 ensure that you achieve them.

Study the article and become the captain that your team needs.

Before You Continue Reading, Discover the Ultimate Change Management Solution

5 Change Management Lessons from Mac and Cheese

One of the best lessons in Change Management, is taught to us by Kraft Foods. We see how they drastically changed their product, while keeping the customers happy. Liz Wainger succinctly breaks down the steps that Kraft Foods followed, as well as the thought process behind the decision. A valuable lesson for all Change Managers.

 

Change Management: How Employees Can Manage Change In The Workplace

This article and video are geared more towards employees, rather than Change Managers. It gives valuable insight to the employees facing the change and equips them to change the process at hand. I would highly recommend any manager going through a process of Change to forward this article to his/her team.

It shares a very similar message to my most recent blog on “Who Moved My Cheese?”

 

Sustaining change: How change management can assist effective asset optimisation

Pierre Rosmalen shares some extremely valuable insight in this article. Some of the best phrased advice I have read in a long time: Define your vision early, Communicate clearly, Plan thoroughly and don’t rush, Ask yourself difficult questions, and most importantly – Don’t underestimate the challenge!

 

The Role of Leadership in Change Management

Reed Deshler discusses the necessity more a mentality shift when dealing with Change. “Many leaders learn through trial and error how to lead effectively during change. Unfortunately, their learning curve can be at the expense of the organization.” Which is why it is so critical to “Manage the Change or It Will Manage You”

 

The Change Management Cheese

“Who Moved My Cheese?”, my latest blog, where i explore the best-seller by Dr. Spencer Johnson. This is a brilliantly written parable, which in the most simple way, has succeeding in inspiring millions. “Who Moved My Cheese?” has been an unbelievable success because of its easy to understand metaphors and its relatability.The book is a must read for all Change Managers.

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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