Nine Pitfalls of Organizational Change

This is a guest article from David Chaudron, PhD The Wall St. Journal has many times reported on the struggling efforts of companies trying to effectively change their organization. With such national focus on the needs of organizations to respond to today’s volatile climate, why all the failure? Based on our experience, there are several […]

Strategy and change – natural order or chicken-and-egg problem?

strategy is change

At the first glance, it is common sense: at first, a strategy is developed. Then, change is necessary in order to implement that strategy. The logic of this order is striking, isn’t it? Unfortunately, life is not as simple as we would prefer. It would be shortsighted to see change only as a means of […]

The big shift in strategy

Strategies of trajectory start with a view of the future and work back to actions in the present.

The last decades have brought a dramatic change in the external environment for almost every business. What has been a fairly stable and predictable landscape for a very long time has become a mix of dynamic, ever-changing and unpredictable forces. It is almost common sense now that the traditional approach to strategy, which builds on […]

Internal Communication of Change

In this paper I will discuss one specific reason for failure of effective internal communication of change. My hypothesis is that change is communicated by the wrong people. It is not that these people are unwilling or not experienced enough. But that they are too deeply into the issue. Hence, they simply don’t know how […]

The Worst Thing about Best Practices

A colleague asked me to review a client proposal and, at first glance, it looked like a winner. The proposal was short, and it laid out the client’s problem in clear, crisp language. Plus, the team was a great match for the project. I thought, how refreshing — a jargon-free, informative proposal. Then I read […]

What Makes a Good Change Agent?

What makes a good change agent

In the light of the many problems and risks associated with change projects, the change agent[1] has a very important function. The change agent’s or change leader’s capabilities have a major impact on success or failure of the project, and on the extent of potential unwanted side-effects. The following article describes required capabilities of good […]