Organizational Change

Experiment with Organizational Change Before Going All In

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by: John Beshears and Francesca Gino Think about the last time you considered introducing a significant change in your enterprise with the intention of improving organizational effectiveness. Maybe you were contemplating a change in employment policies such as flextime or one in customer-facing processes such as a new billing system. You likely studied the proposed change in…

Top 5 Actions for Managing Change Risk

By David Miller, CEO, Changefirst Recently I spoke to a group of project managers about change management. We discussed what change data can actually tell you about change projects. And, in particular, what does it tell you about the risks to project success and how can they potentially be managed better. I presented data we…

4 Simple Ideas for Great Leadership

By Martin McKern I’m fortunate to have worked for several outstanding leaders. I believe that the humility of exceptional leaders makes them hard to spot until you listen and watch closely for lasting results and personal growth in their teams. I have some simple ideas to keep my own leadership journey on track. My personal…

Can Ethics and Big Business Sleep in the Same Bed?

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When I think of big business, I think of oil companies and steel manufacturers. I think of companies like Enron. I think of the caricature of the Monopoly man amassing a great fortune without regard to the good of the people. Or the environment. Or the economy. I think of how much information Google has…

Do We Need a Mature GAP Analysis?

How many agree that the Scope for a business analysis has moved from the silos of applications to a strategic level. The boundaries of business analysis have stretched to greater ranges starting from the strategy analysis to business change management. The same was not expected from a business analyst a few years back. On the…

Business Analysts: Choosing Sides

For the sake of this article, let’s set aside the obvious larger issue at hand: the silo-bureaucratic approach to IT rarely works well. So there they stand: two captains, multiple IT roles, numerous onlookers. The CEO flips a coin and the “business” gets to choose first. What happened next was unexpected. The COO shouts out,…

The science of civil war: What makes heroic strife

FOR the past decade or so, generals commanding the world’s most advanced armies have been able to rely on accurate forecasts of the outcomes of conventional battles. Given data on weather and terrain, and the combatants’ numbers, weaponry, positions, training and level of morale, computer programs such as the Tactical Numerical Deterministic Model, designed by…

We Need a Better Definition of Paperless

Network World — A literal reading of this survey question leads inevitably to a pair of correct answers: absolutely yes and absolutely not. The question: “Do you think the United States will ever be a paperless society?” Ever? That’s a long time, so my answer is absolutely yes; everything happens sooner or later. But a…