Change Management
Stakeholder Mapping

Stakeholder Mapping

I was recently asked by a fellow consultant if I could help and shed some light with information about Stakeholder Mapping, for a company for whom they were designing leadership workshops. I’ve used Stakeholder Mapping a lot during my career, especially when running...

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The dangers of benchmarking

The dangers of benchmarking

I have written earlier about benchmarking in connection with the talent management project at the European Space Agency (ESA). ESA were interested to learn what other similar technological companies did in regards to talent management. As I wrote at the time though,...

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Identifying quick wins

Identifying quick wins

One of the executives I am coaching in Russia has recently helped set up a new department on Sustainable Development. This is a new area for him (his background is commercial) and also for the chemical company for which he works. Consequently there are many different...

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The Marathon Effect

The Marathon Effect

I’ve mentioned William Bridges, his methods of change and transition management and some of his tools in a couple of earlier blogs.* I was certified by him in the use of his material early in my change management career and have used and re-used his concepts in many...

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The Transition or Change Curve

The Transition or Change Curve

During a set of change management workshops that I designed for people in different national Kazakh companies who were involved in ‘Transformation’ a couple of years ago, I used to ask who had heard of the Transition or Change Curve. And in any group of twenty-plus...

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Open Space

Open Space

There is one organizational development process that I have used occasionally and really wish I had been able to apply more often in my career: Open Space Technology. And why have I not been able to use it more? Well, Open Space is not for the faint hearted. Most...

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People Bingo

People Bingo

One of my favourite icebreakers that I have used for people to get to know each other better, especially in new organisations, is People Bingo. There are different versions of the game, but the one that I think works best is when the people involved are...

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Risk Management Matrices & HR Projects

Risk Management Matrices & HR Projects

A simplified risk management methodology - and especially the risk matrix of impact against likelihood - can be extremely useful in HR and other projects, even when your company does not officially require you to use them. Having had business, leadership and project...

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Delayering

Delayering

My current Russian client, a large and very successful petrochemicals company, has had many reorganisations in the last couple of years. One of these that they are implementing in all their production locations, is a systematic delayering.   I recently designed...

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Mixed feelings about Teambuilding

Mixed feelings about Teambuilding

When I was head of the Corporate University in Kazakhstan, one of our ‘best sellers’ was Teambuilding. And my people were pretty damn good at it. Which I guess is the reason that we had so many companies as clients and return as clients. I have always had mixed...

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Learning Agility

Learning Agility

We have recently developed and used the concept of Learning Agility in the HR Consulting group, which reports to me in my current role, possibly for the first time in Kazakhstan in a Kazakh company. I had used Learning Agility a couple of times in previous companies,...

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Employee Engagement Survey Action Planning

Employee Engagement Survey Action Planning

The HR Consulting group within my current organization has a range of expertise including carrying out online engagement surveys for all of the National Companies. When we report the results it is often to the CEO of the company and their top leadership teams. This...

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Transition (Temperature) Monitoring Team

Transition (Temperature) Monitoring Team

I was recently contacted by Susan Bridges, the widow of William Bridges, the guru of Transition (and Change) Management. I had corresponded with Bill who taught and certified me to use his material many years ago, and Susan, who is producing an anniversary updated...

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Non-financial motivation

Non-financial motivation

Effective non-financial motivation appeals more to the emotions of employees than pay, bonuses and status symbols. It helps people feel appreciated and valued. It increases loyalty and engagement. They send a message to staff and work positively in terms of retention,...

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Resistance to change

Resistance to change

I have recently designed a one-day change management workshop to support the group of companies’ Transformation process, dealing with the people aspects of change and transition. One of the aspects of the transformation that management is worried about here, is...

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