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Transforming an Overburdened Organisation requires Changemakers, not Champions

Posted by Stephen Parry on Aug 18, 2019 12:56:04 PM

It’s taken a while but medium to large organisations,  have finally come to realise they need to change to compete and survive in a marketplace filled with small, more nimble competitors.

However, it's become apparent to me that many change programs hit a wall when it comes to implementation. They have the best of intentions but lack some key competencies.

Here’s how it generally plays out:

During a transformation, a manager continues running their department as per usual. They have typical departmental challenges and work loads, but the managers are often tasked with implementing the new change program in addition to their daily workload. While clamouring to get their job done and respond to the challenges of the change program, managers get overburdened and frustrated.

When it all starts to fall apart, they reach out in desperation for a quick fix and the trap is sprung. Why? Because there are no quick fixes when it comes to implementing a change program. However, they try anyway and set in motion a downward spiral that many fail to recover from.

Let’s take a closer look at what happens to the program during the death spiral:

Those beleaguered managers get frustrated because they’re being ask to do a job they are not qualified to do. Managing change requires a skillset many managers just do not possess. So, investing in management and leadership competency is the simple countermeasure.

Most change programs fail when the complexity exceeds the competency of the managers. That's why they choose quick fixes instead. Ultimately, if and when the change initiative fails, the program gets blamed.

The Lloyd Parry Adaptive Business Approach

As part of our change competency plan, we actively build change-skills development into our program and create changemakers that can deploy effectively. These changemakers become internal revolutionaries who see the organisation as it is and where it needs to be, thereby gaining the courage necessary to speak truth to power.

Providing a realistic picture of change issues is not finger-pointing. What we teach them is that they need to cut through the culture and find clarity about where the real issues are that are killing the organisation.

Creating changemakers includes education and hands-on training on how to manage change, how to manage the politics of change and how to manage the range of emotions that arise from them and others in the organisation.

In truth, these changemakers turn everyone in the organisation into agents of local change. Changing the business is an ongoing process.  Change is a state of mind not a project plan. Once an organisation understands this and develops changemakers, change will come more easily.

I discuss more about this topic in an Agile Amped podcast.  Click here to listen. 

If you would like to have a 1-to-1 call for some advice on creating change makers in your organisation, please get in touch.

For more information, click here to schedule a one-to-one call with Stephen  Parry.

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Topics: Adaptability, IT Business, business agility, Agile, Business Agility Podcast

Why Your Business Needs An Adaptive Culture

Posted by Stephen Parry on Aug 7, 2019 1:43:12 PM

Many large organisations employ full-time change management personnel, and it is these professionals to whom Introduction to Adaptive Business Practices is primarily aimed.  Read the following excerpt or download the eBook in its entirety to learn more about the importance of having an adaptive culture. 

"It is worth casting our minds back to how our parent’s and grandparent’s generation did business to get an idea of how much things have changed and how quickly technology moves on. Communication technology, automation and increasingly powerful computing, have all had a massive impact on the way businesses operate across all sectors. Changing career expectations and work patterns have also had an effect.

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Topics: Adaptability, IT Business, Work Climate, Adaptive Business, business agility

CAFÉ Change Planner Workshop: The Starting Line for your Journey to Adaptability and Agility

Posted by Stephen Parry on Jul 30, 2019 12:05:53 PM

This in-house, one-day introductory session for 5-10 people, is aimed at C-Suite, middle managers, and change leaders and is a great starting point for your journey to Adaptability and Agility.

The hands-on, minds-on workshop is great for Agile practitioners and business leaders exploring routes to change. It offers some practical ways to understand your current organisation’s “change” personality and examines new forms and methods of change that are crucial for Business Adaptability and Agility.

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Topics: Adaptability, Adaptive Culture, Business Tips, Adaptive Business, business agility, Agile, Business Agility Courses

Excerpt from "Change Readiness: Planting the Seeds for Change Success" ebook

Posted by Stephen Parry on Jul 25, 2019 12:45:11 PM

If you laid all the concrete-reinforcing steel bars used in the construction of the Burj Khalifa end-to-end, they would stretch from Rome to Los Angeles. The world's tallest building and pride of Dubai is a spectacular architectural feat, comprising 160 stories of retail stores, hotels and private residences rising half a mile into the sky. It has more floors than any other building; the longest travelling elevator; the highest outdoor observation deck and is the tallest, freestanding structure in the world.

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Topics: Adaptability, Adaptive Culture, Business Tips, business agility, Agile

From Introduction to Adaptive Business Practices

Posted by Stephen Parry on Jul 18, 2019 3:02:35 PM
The great American songwriter Bob Dylan is no business analyst, but his iconic song The Times They Are A-Changin’ has something very pertinent to say about the economy we live in.
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Topics: Adaptability, Adaptive Culture, Business Tips, Adaptive Business, business agility, Agile

Adaptive Business: April Newsletter

Posted by Stephen Parry on Apr 29, 2019 1:50:01 PM

In this issue, read about: 

  • The Agile and Adaptive Business: Sense and Respond Academy Discussion Group
  • Accenture interview with Stephen Parry
  • Change Readiness Webinar Series: Date Announced
  • Top-Billing Blogs for this Month
  • Recent Events
  • Upcoming Events
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Topics: News, Adaptability, sense and respond, Adaptive Business, business agility, Agile

Change Readiness: Planting the Seeds for Change Success

Posted by Stephen Parry on Apr 12, 2019 3:41:34 PM

 Our new eBook, Change Readiness:  Planting the Seeds for Change Success, is out and available to help you through your change programme.  We'll be publishing one chapter each month in our blog.  This will be followed by a webinar to discuss issues raised by that section.

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Topics: Adaptability, IT Business, innovative culture, Change Leadership, Work Climate, Business Tips, business agility, C-Suite Executives, Middle Managers, Change Leaders

'Adaptability' in Motion: How One Logistics Company Achieved It

Posted by Stephen Parry on Mar 28, 2019 3:58:51 PM

How does adaptability work? How does it make a business more profitable? I'm asked these and related questions almost daily.

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Topics: Adaptability, Customer Experience, Work Climate, Adaptive Culture, Business Tips

Transforming an Overburdened Organisation requires Changemakers, not Champions

Posted by Stephen Parry on Jan 18, 2019 1:37:00 PM

It’s taken a while but medium to large organisations,  have finally come to realise they need to change to compete and survive in a marketplace filled with small, more nimble competitors.

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Topics: Adaptability, innovative culture, Change Leadership, Work Climate

Adaptive Business Consultants: What Can They Do That You Can't?

Posted by Stephen Parry on Jan 16, 2019 1:56:00 PM

Employees are the lifeblood of an organisation. We all know this. The combination of personalities, quirks, skills, and imagination are what sets one organisational identity apart from another.

During times of change, your unique work-climate is more vital than ever.

However, it is well known that organisations often falter when this delicate harmony is interrupted. Ruffle the feathers of a team, and the results can be devastating.

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Topics: Adaptability, Adaptive Culture

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