Organizational Development

Change Is Not Always the Answer

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There was an article published in the Harvard Business Review Blog Network about six months ago titled Change Management Needs to Change. Lately everybody seems to have a new concept of change management, but most are only changing the name to “transformation” or calling it modification or alteration. This article hits the nail on the head: The problem is not with change management, it is with the managers of change. After 50 years and countless… Read More »Change Is Not Always the Answer

L.O.V.E. It to Change It

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Several years ago, there was a scholarly article published by the Harvard Business Review, The Hard Side of Change Management. As the title implies, much discussion on change management is on soft issues such as culture, leadership, and motivation. While these are unquestionably essential factors, they are not stand-alone tools to implement large transformation projects. The HBR paper used a simple four-point framework that provides a methodology to measure change management. The four key points… Read More »L.O.V.E. It to Change It

Managing Culture Change

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The inflated role that human resources professionals profess to have on culture change in the workplace needs to be tempered with a little reality. One of the most important functions in any business is strong, knowledgeable, and professional HR leadership, but in almost all cases they operate by the grace of company executive management that looks to them to be a value added to the decision making process… not to make those decisions. This is… Read More »Managing Culture Change

Please Pardon the Inconvenience

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The sign at the door of the supermarket said, “Thank you for your patience while we remodel our store.” Since the store was open 24-hours a day, there was no down time for the destructors to do their work. They hung tarps from ceiling to floor, and behind the “Hard Hat Required Beyond this Point” signs you could hear crunching and scraping of old stuff being ripped out to make way for the new. It… Read More »Please Pardon the Inconvenience

Workplace Taboo Part I – Employee Free Speech

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Americans have a legacy handed down from the founders of the nation that they have freedom of speech. Perhaps it is good that this is too often taken for granted and that everyone feels free to speak their mind on almost anything and everything. It is also a right that is highly misunderstood, misquoted and misused. Look at what the first amendment actually says: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or… Read More »Workplace Taboo Part I – Employee Free Speech