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Share This: When you are putting a change initiative together you really need to make sure you have some planned quick wins and also keep an eye out for benefits that you didn’t foresee. Basically you should try and plan for the quick wins, but expect to see, and take advantage of unplanned benefits. What is a […]

Jul 31, 2017


Share This: The old saying, “Jack of all trades, master of none” has a bit of a ring to it. We generally use this as a disparaging remark about a colleague or about ourselves in a self-effacing way.  Sometimes being able to do a little bit of everything is positive in a manager, but ultimately […]

May 30, 2017


Share This: What are the high-level things you need to get to grips with when raising and running a project? If you’ve asked yourself this question then the 3P’s project management model cheat sheet is for you. This ‘crib sheet’ will give you a quick list of items to discuss, agree and detail/document in order to […]

Nov 16, 2016


Have you been tasked with kicking off a project or change initiative? If so this project initiation crib sheet is for you. This project initiation crib sheet will equip you a quick list of items to discuss, agree and detail/document in order to get an initiative off the ground. You might also refer to Project […]

Nov 04, 2016


Background Building commitment is an essential part of any change initiative and should be considered when developing the strategy to manage change.  The Commitment Curve provides a technique that can be used to understand: What commitment is; What should be done to prepare for change; How commitment can be developed; and How commitment can be […]

Sep 21, 2016


Introduction A successful transformation is the outcome from a major change effort. A journey rather than a ‘big bang’ point in time.  A successful business transformation is a process with a consists of a number of discrete stages.  These stages build upon each other and are essentially dependent building blocks, meaning that ignoring, or a […]

Aug 20, 2016


Share This: Background I have written previously about how useful a RACIS chart is when defining and agreeing roles and responsibilities. In the relatively short term change initiative environment it’s essential that the team and the business know what their responsible . RACIS Chart The chart is an essential governance tool and seeks to capture the various […]

Apr 22, 2016


To enable change a shared vision must be clearly articulated right throughout  the organisation and be genuinely believed in by all stakeholders. “Few, if any, forces in human nature are as powerful as a shared vision” Peter Senge. 199 Background In his book, The Fifth Discipline, Peter Senge highlights that, before any organisational change can truly […]

Mar 24, 2016


Level 5 leadership describes the highest level in a hierarchy of leadership capabilities developed by Jim Collins in his research into companies which had a high level of growth over a period of fifteen consecutive years. What is Level 5 Leadership Collins’ study found that the companies who achieved and sustained greatness after a major […]

Mar 02, 2016


Share This: The aim of McGregor’s model here is to seek to explain the motivational styles taken by individuals when adopting their management styles. In his book (‘The Human Side of Enterprise’, 1960) McGregor argued that there are essentially two approaches to managing people. Theory X & Theory Y. Management Styles Model – When it […]

Feb 29, 2016


Introduction Underestimating the degree of resistance in any change initiative is lethal, and will lead to failure. Some ‘players’ will actively seek to sabotage the initiative, and you’ll never see it happening. Other’s will be more open in their behaviour. Trying to identify and harness the abilities of supporters is vital. This model is derived […]

Feb 27, 2016


Share This: Business change is notoriously difficult, it’s oft said that it’s like ‘herding cats’. The trouble is that we don’t really know how to frame our thinking around change. Typically we start out with a problem, something isn’t quite working right, or some outside influence leads to a degree of dissatisfaction at the current […]

Aug 04, 2015


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