Browsing: Change Management

Let’s do a hypothetical test. You are in a room with 5 other colleagues from your company and you are all involved in implementing the latest S&OP software(or any new process or tool or initiative) and I asked your team to come up with the top 10 issues and challenges that you have faced. Now let’s assume that run a similar exercise with five other companies and with five other teams working on a similar initiative. What do you think will be the result? Will the lists be the same? Totally different?

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The sponsor of change is a senior officer, one who holds the organizational power to legitimize the change. This person knows when the time has come for change and has the confidence and strength to do something about it. The sponsor goes forth and leads—overcoming obstacles, finding truth, and sharing knowledge. Significant organizational change will not occur unless those who legitimize or mandate the change demonstrate FULL commitment to the task.

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Congratulations to Louisville, this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Champion. Comparing Louisville, with last year’s champion, Kentucky, highlights how two very different organizational approaches can achieve the same result.

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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”.

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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

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