Spring is still a month away, but looking ahead seems to make the winter go so much faster. January or February is the perfect time for companies to make improvements that will have a major impact on the current fiscal year. Instead of adding new staff, buying new technology or introducing a new business process, I would recommend “shopping your closet”. This is the third post in a series where I discussed the dilemma many companies face – they have a “closet” full of stuff (capable people, processes, tools, technology, etc.) but never seem to have anything to “wear”. A few weeks ago I suggested that there is a process to “Shop your Closet” which is methodical and time tested.
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A New Year is a time for new beginnings and it is the perfect time to learn from past experiences / mistakes. This is a follow up post from early December where I discussed the dilemma many companies face – they have a “closet” full of stuff (capable people, processes, tools, technology, etc.) but never seem to have anything to “wear”. This not only happens often, but I am willing to bet it happens close to always. Many of our companies have invested millions of dollars in infrastructure (people, process, technology) but have neglected to fully adopt (USE!) those investments. This results in going back to the “market” time and time again for something to “wear” when they have perfectly good “somethings” right under their nose. So, my suggestion was “Shop Your Closet”.
It’s the end of the year and I’m sure some of you are facing the dim prospects of yet another re-organization. It may be at the corporate level, within your division, your function etc. etc. And you may have a group of people running around and developing new organizational models and moving boxes around like lego toys. Why? Because this latest round of moving the boxes around is magically going to solve all the problems
A question that has been asked repeatedly after my last post is related to asking the right questions so I thought that instead of responding individually, I would use this…
Multi-step models for managing change have been adopted by most companies today. Still, teams struggle to lead their initiatives in a way that falls into the “30% that succeed” and even when projects are “complete” and progress more effectively than in the company’s past efforts, the company fails to realize the intended benefits. One quick way to identify where things fell short is to examine where time and effort were allocated throughout the execution of the change process.
Often, part of the “madness” we find ourselves struggling with in complex change scenarios is of our own making. That’s right, we sometimes “do it to ourselves.” We attempt to…