New Year’s Resolutions Teach a Powerful Lesson About Organizational Change

By Amy Durgin, Ph.D. posted in Change Management

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New Year’s resolutions: the age-old annual practice most commonly associated with failed attempts to change personal habits. Despite our best intentions at the start of the January, it’s widely known that over 75% of resolutions fail by the second week of February.

Most articles on the topic endlessly rehash “how to really make it stick this time” or “why we should stop making resolutions in the first place.” But we’re overlooking a valuable lesson these failures teach us about organizational change.

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Beyond "How To"

By ALULA posted in Change Management

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How to love. How to live. How to fix anything. How to lose weight. How to stop worrying. How to train your dog, bird, cat or dragon. How to manage projects. How to manage time. How to set goals. How to influence people. How to negotiate anything with anybody. How to survive the zombie apocalypse.

We live in a "how-to” world. A quick search of “how to” in Amazon.com yields over 800,000 books and videos with the phrase in the title. The popular For Dummies series has over 2,500 titles and the Idiot’s Guide series has nearly as many. And take a look at your local newsstand and you’ll see covers littered with articles telling you the 5 things you must know, the 3 insider secrets that will guarantee success, or the 7 steps to improved performance.

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What is Change Management Anyway?

By ALULA posted in Change Management

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A marketing exec friend of mine gave me a call the other day to catch up. After swapping stories about families and our current work, he finally asked after years of knowing me, “What exactly is change management anyway?”

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Making Change Fun

By ALULA posted in Change Management

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The other day I was explaining the results of a change readiness assessment to an executive and shared a piece of news he found disturbing. He believed that everyone wanted the change that he was leading because when he spoke with others in the organization about it, they all told him it was a great idea.

Emperor . . . you have no clothes, I explained.

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