Great Change Leaders Have This in Common
14 Jan

Great Change Leaders Have This in Common

Change leadership is different from operational management, and often operational managers are thrust into having to be change leaders. Some rise to the occasion, become really good change leaders and succeed brilliantly. Others adopt only some good change leadership traits, and then struggle. And yet others cannot transition into this role and eventually harm their […]

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4 Steps to Make Change Stick Permanently
14 Dec

4 Steps to Make Change Stick Permanently

If you ever read articles on why IT or other large implementations fail, the authors will provide a laundry list of reasons. One of the ones rarely mentioned is “backsliding”. Using a company’s performance management process can prevent this. Backsliding is the perfectly natural but insidious habit people have of reverting back to their old […]

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Managing Projects in Distracted Times: 5 Steps
29 Nov

Managing Projects in Distracted Times: 5 Steps

One of my very good friends, who is also one of the most competent project managers I have ever worked with, recently asked me this question: “Is there a change management approach you can use to keep distracted senior management focused?” Her point was that today everybody’s attention spans are short. We expect things to […]

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Stakeholders: How to find out what’s really going on
10 Feb

Stakeholders: How to find out what’s really going on

There is a science and an art to managing change, and especially when it comes to identifying who can trip you up in a project. This activity, known as a stakeholder analysis or assessment, is the first and most important activity when managing change on a project. An earlier blog covered what questions you need […]

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Tough-to-Handle Executive Sponsor? You Can Do It!
26 Jan

Tough-to-Handle Executive Sponsor? You Can Do It!

Sometimes, as change or project managers, we are blessed with having a really good executive sponsor. You know the type. Good executive sponsors are great communicators. They say things in pretty clear language – it is difficult to misunderstand them. Good sponsors attend all of the key meetings and get personally involved in the project. […]

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