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Just like the awards season in the entertainment industry, this is also the season for the really smart people to summon the masses and issue their proclamations for the upcoming year. And I must admit, it is a fun exercise and at minimum it makes you think about some issues that typically don’t get as much attention like 3D printing. This year is no exception – except a big glaring one!! One of the groups of really smart people who get paid lots of money to issue proclamations like this (Gartner) for IT executives had this to say:
By 2020, the labor reduction effect of digitalization will cause social unrest and a quest for new economic models in several mature economies.

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I have now watched it several times and each time I smile, reflect, tear up and just feel good in general. The messages are practical yet lofty and inspiring. There are numerous quotes and messages that will challenge even the best leaders. Sit back, relax and enjoy! Share it with your staff and / or your children (as I plan to do). I hope it inspires you to make change happen .

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As you can see we are bombarded by change every day and it feels like the pace of change is rapid. Regardless of the source or pace of change, there are predictable and inevitable responses to change. Here are a few things you might hear that indicate a resistance to change:

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I wish I had a dime (or dollar) for every time a potential client came to us wanting to transform their organization from: Tactical to strategic,  or Reactive to proactive, or Cost focused to value focused, or A cost center to a profit center, or…

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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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