Believing in Organizational Change Management

Organizational Change Management (OCM) is a fascinating topic, mainly due to the fact that there are still a large number of organizations in 2014 that do not understand its importance. I have witnessed this first hand with organizations in Canada as well as in the UK and France.

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Storytelling: Is it Just for Children? Or is it Also an Effective Change Management Tool?

We all grew up hearing stories. Whether it was a fairytale, a Disney version or a family treasure, stories have always been used to communicate, teach and share information. Throughout time, people have learned by remembering the moral of the story, the important lesson, a takeaway. Just think about the age old tale of the tortoise and the hare. The moral of the story has stood the test of time and is just as relevant today in 2014 as it was many years ago. In fact, all someone has to do is mention the tortoise and the hare, and you instantly can relate to the topic.

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The Motivation of Loss vs. Gain

Looking back across my career, I’ve had the opportunity to work with many different and unique businesses, operating in various industries. I’ve also worked on a wide variety of projects, from new application development, to solution selection, to solution integration and implementation. One thing that I’ve learned during that time is that for all the differences and uniqueness, most businesses and projects have much more in common than most people expect. Sure, the culture of a business or industry might be different, and work being performed might be completely unique, but many of the underlying needs, attitudes, approaches, personalities, and behaviours that you encounter from one project or business to another are fundamentally the same.

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Project Search and Rescue

The Swamp Donkey Adventure Race is a grueling nine-hour race over land and water that tests your endurance, your ability to think under stress and fatigue, and your ability to navigate. It takes place in the Canadian Shield in the southeastern edge of Manitoba, and includes biking, paddling, and orienteering.

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What is Successful Change Management Anyway?

If you grew up in a large family setting, you likely learned early on that each individual deals with their environment in totally unique ways. I was fortunate to be the youngest of a very large family and well positioned to observe how all my older siblings dealt with change. Some sought change and instigated change, some accepted change readily, while others approached change very cautiously. Their characters have not changed much over the years – these traits are simply part of their DNA.

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