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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

Business Agility: Adaptability is the Primary Business Behaviour

Posted by Stephen Parry on Aug 14, 2019 4:03:46 PM

It is easy to point out that changing technologies, revised business models and increased competition demand an adaptive response from businesses in order to survive. It is quite another thing to recognise what an adaptive organisation looks like in practice. 

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

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

Agile Tools Session: CAFÉ Change Planner with Stephen Parry

Posted by Stephen Parry on Jul 29, 2019 4:23:45 PM

This hands-on, minds-on Agile Tools Session at the Agile Business Conference on Thursday, the 26th of September, 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 Agility and Adaptability.

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

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

Purpose-Driven Methodologies, Chapter 2 of Change Readiness

Posted by Stephen Parry on Apr 26, 2019 4:33:41 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. Chapter Two, Purpose-Driven Methodologies is below, or feel free to download the eBook in its entirety here.  The  chapters will be followed by a webinar to discuss issues raised by that section.

Click here to register for the webinar series on Change Readiness.

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

Keynote at Agile Prague 2019: The Organisational Journey to Business Agility

Posted by Stephen Parry on Apr 26, 2019 3:36:10 PM

The Agile Prague Conference, the 16th and 17th of September, will feature over 30 international speakers. The event fosters a collaborative environment between speakers and attendees and ultimately this
knowledge-sharing leads to a better understanding of agile and how to put it into practice. My keynote presentation is The Organisational Journey to Business Agility. I will be discussing how it is easy to point out that changing technologies, revised business models and increased competition demand an agile and adaptive response for businesses to survive. However, it is quite another thing to recognise what an agile and adaptive organisation looks like in reality.

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Topics: Adaptive Culture, Adaptive Business, business agility, Agile, Agile Prague 2019

An Accenture Interview with Stephen Parry: Transforming an Already Overburdened Organisation

Posted by Stephen Parry on Apr 26, 2019 2:10:34 PM

In this podcast, as part of the Inspiring Conversations in the Business Agility Series, Stephen discusses
how during business transformations leaders often lose sight of the strategy, organisational structures, and requirements for technology.

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Topics: Business Tips, Adaptive Business, business agility, Agile, Business Agility Vienna 2019, Business Agility Podcast

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