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Change leadership is the ability and the act of inspiring and enabling people to achieve transformation.

It’s time to lead change differently

It’s time to lead change differently

Change is difficult, right? While the evidence suggests that failure rates are well below the often-cited 70% figure, there are still many reasons why leading change can be a painful experience. It doesn't necessarily have to be, and given the ubiquitous nature of change, the ability to  implement it efficiently is a matter of survival. Why do many leaders find leading change difficult? There are a number of reasons, in our experience and from research, that many...

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Leading through unfamiliar territory

Leading through unfamiliar territory

The challenge of complexity in a post-COVID world In a post-COVID world the most critical role of leadership may be to navigate unfamiliar territory that is characterise by complexity. Of course, complexity is nothing new. Indeed, since long before the pandemic, analysts have predicted a sustained period of economic volatility. As businesses begin to emerge from the tight constraints of the lockdown period, however, it is apparent that we are dealing with a highly complex environment that may...

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Free COVID Return to Work Survey Questions

Free COVID Return to Work Survey Questions

The return to work after COVID is potentially stressful for employees These COVID return to work survey questions are designed to identify a comprehensive range of challenges that people might experience on returning to work, as efficiently as possible (i.e. without repetition on the same dimension). Each question should give a slightly different perspective and provide some insight into what is or is not working for employees, that could cause stress.   What is the purpose of the COVID...

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Embracing the Business Agility Challenge

Embracing the Business Agility Challenge

Agility may be the single most important attribute for businesses that want to thrive in a changing and unpredictable world. We examine the case for agility, why so many businesses struggle to become agile, and the implications for business leaders.   The case for business agility: A VUCA World In 2020 COVID-19 has caused unprecedented disruption to the world’s economy. Many businesses have been lost to the immediate economic shock while others may struggle to come...

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Developing a strategic change capability

Developing a strategic change capability

The increasing pace, complexity and unpredictability of change means that being able implement change consistently will determine your future competitiveness. A strategic change capability is the extent to which an organisation is equipped to deliver change and its associated benefits again and again. In this article we outline the case for developing a strategic change capability, its key elements, and provide some tips for getting started. Why invest in a strategic change capability? Many...

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How attractive is your change Vision?

How attractive is your change Vision?

Two important elements of a Change Strategy are the Case for Change and the Vision. While the former outlines the reasons for moving from the status quo, the Vision creates an attractive destination for people to move to. Having recently suggested eight questions to help make your Case for Change compelling, this article does the same for your vision. What makes an effective vision? Baum, Locke and Kirkpatrick found, in a longitudinal study of businesses that an effective vision does have a...

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What makes a compelling Case for Change?

What makes a compelling Case for Change?

The Case for Change and Vision are critical elements of any Change Strategy. What is the Case for Change? The Case for Change is a statement or set of statement highlighting the rationale for changing the status quo, while the Vision sets our the aspiration of the programme. Both should consider how the change might be perceived from rational, emotional and political perspectives. This post highlights 8 questions that you can ask you make your Case for Change more compelling, ensuring that a...

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What does Future-Ready Leadership look like?

What does Future-Ready Leadership look like?

In 2018 Consulting firm (and my first employer) PwC predicted that as we approach 2030, the forces of change will require both greater technical skills and people skills – in the form of leadership, empathy and creativity - and emphasise that we, as humans, need to manage our own destiny. For me, that’s not just a relevant message for the leaders and future leaders of the world, but every one of us. However, for the remainder of this article I will focus on the implications for leadership....

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Developing a strategic change capability

Developing a strategic change capability

The increasing pace, complexity and unpredictability of change means that being able implement change consistently will determine your future competitiveness. A strategic change capability is the extent to which an organisation is equipped to deliver change and its associated benefits again and again. In this article we outline the case for...

read more
How attractive is your change Vision?

How attractive is your change Vision?

Two important elements of a Change Strategy are the Case for Change and the Vision. While the former outlines the reasons for moving from the status quo, the Vision creates an attractive destination for people to move to. Having recently suggested eight questions to help make your Case for Change compelling, this article does the same for your...

read more
What makes a compelling Case for Change?

What makes a compelling Case for Change?

The Case for Change and Vision are critical elements of any Change Strategy. What is the Case for Change? The Case for Change is a statement or set of statement highlighting the rationale for changing the status quo, while the Vision sets our the aspiration of the programme. Both should consider how the change might be perceived from rational,...

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What does Future-Ready Leadership look like?

What does Future-Ready Leadership look like?

In 2018 Consulting firm (and my first employer) PwC predicted that as we approach 2030, the forces of change will require both greater technical skills and people skills – in the form of leadership, empathy and creativity - and emphasise that we, as humans, need to manage our own destiny. For me, that’s not just a relevant message for the leaders...

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Leading into Uncertainty

Leading into Uncertainty

One of the central components of business success has, for many decades, been the effective management of risk. Another way of putting that is that organisations don’t really like uncertainty. They tend to like plans. And many, rather than managing risk, will avoid it. However, increased uncertainty – including that which comes from change - is...

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Trust in Leadership

Trust in Leadership

We all know that trust is at the heart of any relationship. In any organisation it is absolutely critical that there is trust in leadership. If we think of trust in terms of: Credibility (you do what you say you're going to do); Reliability (you do it when you say you're going to do it); and Intimacy (you do it in a way...

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Change, don’t Transform

Change, don’t Transform

After many years in Change Management, I had reached the stage where I felt completely jaded with it all. As a psychologist, I got into change because I was interested in helping people. Instead, I became disillusioned at a “Change” industry that was just another branch of management, managing “stuff” with very little concern for people.

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