When does a project justify using change management tools?

Change Starts Here

One of the participants in the Design & Influence Irresistible Change webinar series recently asked, “When does a project justify using change management tools?” What support does the project need from leaders?

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Meeting Zombies. How to Avoid Your Brain Being Eaten

Mike Cardus

The team leader / project manager being prepared for the meeting. This can be accomplished by having a project charter or a shared communication document that defines the ‘why are we here’ and the ‘what are the end goals’.

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28 Leadership Development Recommendations for your Individual Development Plan

Great Leadership By Dan

Art Petty , from Management Excellence Blog , says “One of the consistent gaps I see in many leaders is a lack of experience with and understanding of the concepts and tools of project management. Welcome to the September edition of the Leadership Development Carnival !

Carefrontation — The Ultimate Leadership Trait

Great Leadership By Dan

As a new project manager at Hewlett Packard I found that I interacted with a lot of brilliant people, many of who had been conditioned by higher learning institutions to compete rather than collaborate.

Current Method / Better Way Matrix Team Building Activity

Mike Cardus

Team Project tool to create shared language of progress & regress. Can break inertia (stuckness) in how your project team operates. The team facilitator I recommend the team leader / Project Manager documents the responses on flipchart paper.

Managing the Real


The principles (work autonomy, knowing what you do matters, the importance of the first-line manager) are well documented, but they are frequently ignored in practice.

Education? Innovation? Do - Learn - Do - Learn

Mills Scofield

Victor’s Leap Year Project “Masters Program” is the wave of the future. My work with students and the building project made me curious about further education in business, design, and social impact. Aron Solomon introduced me to Victor Saad and that was all it took.

Four Steps to Improve Poor Performance

Chart Your Course

They are perpetually tardy or absent, or procrastinate and mismanage projects. Document times and dates, and gather concrete examples or poor behavior or performance so you can properly assess whether the issue is due to lack of skill or lack of will.

3 Ideas for Time Management and Getting Your Work Organized

Mike Cardus

Coaching 5 project managers , we identified that 2 have concerns about how they are managing their time, multiple project and customer needs, and they “feel disorganized”….

Jump Start 2013 with a Change Management Toolkit and a Free Change Agent Strategy Session

Change Starts Here

But after all the presents are wrapped (and then opened), after the decorations have been put away (or not), after the ball has dropped in Times Square, it’ll be time to get back to work and show 2013 who’s boss!

Leadership is Already Inside You

Coaching Tip

Leaders actively follow up on actions and projects. They have life plans with documented goals and objectives. "I believe that everything you need to be a great leader is already inside. It''s in your DNA," says Robert S.

5 Steps To Team Building. It is not team building activities, it is team structure and accountability

Mike Cardus

The team knows who the Project Manager / Team Leader is. The team knows what the Project Manager / Team Leaders is accountable for. 5: Are Check-ins, Milestones and follow-up expectations known documented and used? Action-steps to solve the obstacles are documented and shared.

10 Pitfalls to Avoid in Creating and Leading Teams

Mike Cardus

They must be skilled at Project Management keeping the team on track through the team’s weekly meetings and updates. Teams must keep detailed, documented, and reviewable action plans. For this project and team work to be taken seriously your best people must be on the team.

What if the Miracle Question Worked with Corporate Teams?

Mike Cardus

A form of the Miracle Question: I tried a variation with a Project Team of Aircraft Engineers. You leave here and place your project planning and analysis results on your desk. Finding ‘What Works’ with Solution-Focused Consulting and Training is a quick walk on a long path.

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The Top 5 Ways Enterprise Social Collaboration Can Boost Organizational Productivity

Strategy Driven

For example, an employee in San Francisco can exchange information with an employee in Dubai through tools such as data-rich employee profiles, discussion forums, document sharing, Q&A, microblogging and wikis.

Result of a #RCUS? Libyian & California Kids Sharing Art

Mills Scofield

From this idea, we developed a rough organizational model, and as my partner worked on developing the website and the legal documents, I began reaching out to schools, teachers, and educational non-profits in my network. Have you just started grinning when reading something?

High Performance Team Building Certificate Program

Mike Cardus

The 2013 program runs from March 6 to May 1. As of this writing, I used a team document today to organized a team that will be working together mostly online – a real challenge. I never looked at various committees I’m on or parts of my job that are project oriented as teams.

How the best differ from the rest PART II

Six Disciplines

However, top performers are also very practical, in that they value planning more than voluminous planning documents. Ill-defined projects are a guaranteed formula for failure. Disciplined Approach to Business. For some people, the old-fashioned idea of being “disciplined” is a turn-off. But that’s not so for the top performers. They’re rated 114 % stronger than the lowest performers when it comes to taking a disciplined approach to business.

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The Big Picture of Business: Why a Company Would Improve? The Art of Learning From Failure to Get Better.

Strategy Driven

Attempting projects without the proper resources to do the job well. If we document our own successes, then these case studies will make us more successful in the future. Success is just in front of our faces. Yet, we often fail to see it coming.

Organizational Performance Measures – System Implementation Challenges

Strategy Driven

Document/Report coding is changed without a documented / communicated reason. Organizational Performance Measures Best Practice – Documenting Performance Measure Drivers.

Innovation High-Five

Mills Scofield

Financial Projections – including cost to develop/build. This is a guest post by Tim Kippley , Geneca Vice President, Account Strategy and Growth. In this post, Tim Kippley Tim shares one of the experiments Geneca is running to give its people opportunities to explore new ideas.

MindSpin: Team Building Activity for Brainstorming and Solution-Finding

Mike Cardus

Mike will come to you to facilitate the action learning and processing, or can just send you a document with videos and photos of how to do everything you need. Working with a corporate team to identify new product and service ideas , we quickly found the team falling victim to group-think.

Ditch the Notebook in 2013

Harvard Business Review

Here's an example: January: Focus on your top goals for the year by setting up an Evernote notebook for each of your major projects or areas of responsibility. This will be a lot easier if you've used a single tag like "deliverable" or "highlight" to flag any note you used to summarize a major project or draft a significant deliverable. October: Starting a new project? How do you want to use Evernote to work smarter in 2013?

Work Smarter with Evernote in 2013

Harvard Business Review

2012 can be the last year you forget if you make 2013 the year you commit to using a digital notebook like Evernote. What would it mean to work smarter with Evernote in 2013? Here's a month-by-month game plan that just scratches the surface of how such a tool can help you: January: Focus on your top goals for the year by setting up an Evernote notebook for each of your major projects or areas of responsibility. October: Starting a new project?

Can Technology End Poverty?

Harvard Business Review

In a country where most people think that the only thing that is irrefutable is hard copy documentation with someone's signature affixed to it, we were asking our borrowers to take a major leap of faith," Abed says. If you believe the hype, technology is going to help us end global poverty.

Ten Reasons Salespeople Lose Deals

Harvard Business Review

They list their needs in RFP documents that are hundreds of pages in length. They didn't understand how to sell their project internally and were unable to garner senior executive sponsorship.

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UConn Basketball and a Championship Lesson in Patience

Great Results Team Building

The 2014 men’s basketball national championship was a well-documented contrast in team dynamics. Their team had been saddled with NCAA sanctions after the 2012 season, and was unable to participate in the 2013 tournament.

The 12 Essentials of Church Communications

Ron Edmondson

Brand Standards are the compilation of documents where you articulate your key communication messages, establish a visual identity and explore ways to protect your brand. Your church will receive a Brand Guide to help you create your very own Brand Standards document. Project Systems.

Developing Software Using Deming’s Ideas

Deming Institute

So you do not have a big document, specifications document, at the front, what you do is instead you just go and develop whatever is the first value you need. This method allows for users (and project owners, etc.)

How “Dilbert” Practically Wrote Itself

Harvard Business Review

20 Years of Dilbert , where he reveals that more than a handful of the comics documented in his legendary workplace strip actually came straight – sometimes verbatim – from his readers’ work-lives, and his own.

Memo to the Boss: Don't Do My Job For Me

Harvard Business Review

These documents define what R&D projects they want to carry out, assign responsibility for them, and give direction to the next level down: the project managers. They gave full reasons for embarking on the project, the user need, the value created, the fit with the portfolio, and a technical specification of the product, all on one page. Suppose you were the project manager,' I said. What if the project team were to come up with alternatives?

To Simplify, First Clear the Underbrush

Harvard Business Review

Many people envision the upper rungs of the corporate ladder as an inspired, innovative place where leaders spend their time on stimulating projects that shape the organization''s future. This post was coauthored by Lisa Bodell.

Write E-Mails That People Won't Ignore

Harvard Business Review

When giving a project update, for example, supply enough background information to orient your readers. They aren't as immersed in your project as you are, and they probably have many other things going on. This document helps everyone involved think more clearly about how things unfolded. Your clients and colleagues don't have time to engage fully with every e-mail they get. Some of them receive hundreds of messages per day.

To Go From Big Data to Big Insight, Start With a Visual

Harvard Business Review

Massive: We are documenting every tweet, retweet, and click on every shortened URL from Twitter and Facebook that points back to New York Times content, and then combining that with the browsing logs of what those users do when they land at the Times.

Closing the Chasm Between Strategy and Execution

Harvard Business Review

The output is a smooth narrative in a professional-looking document made up of Venn diagrams, 2x2 matrices, and high-level plans of attack. The easy solutions for this divide are the process solutions: better project management, clearer rules of engagement, and tighter operating policies.

Those Grammar Gaffes Will Get You

Harvard Business Review

Make lots of mistakes in your e-mails , reports, and other documents, and you'll come across as uneducated and uninformed. Others will hesitate to trust your recommendation to launch a resource-intensive project, for example, or to buy goods or services. People see your language as a reflection of your competence. They'll think you don't know what you're talking about. Consider pronouns.

Ten Reasons Salespeople Lose Deals

Harvard Business Review

They list their needs in RFP documents that are hundreds of pages in length. They didn't understand how to sell their project internally and were unable to garner senior executive sponsorship.

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Making Virtual Teams Work: Ten Basic Principles

Harvard Business Review

On June 10, 2013, I launched a discussion around this question on LinkedIn. Consider this now familiar view from the field: "I''ve run a virtual team for the past 18 months in the development and launch of [a website.] I am located in Toronto, Canada.

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The Future of Business Email: Will it Live or Die?


The average number of internal emails per mailbox per week at Atos dropped from 100 in 2011 to under 40 by 2013, according to an Atos report posted on the company’s website.

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Your Employees Are Not Mind Readers

Harvard Business Review

When I was CEO of Campbell Soup Company, we used a balanced scorecard to create an explicit understanding of each employee in terms of what they were expected to accomplish, including financial objectives, market share objectives and key project objectives. I would talk about projects we delivered and how they brought our three core values to the workplace. The last point I made in the document was, "I will make mistakes. As a leader, what do you want to accomplish?

Remember: A Country Is Not a Company

Harvard Business Review

The single European currency project, in depriving member states of the ability to issue their own currency, has created the conditions for something close to national insolvency when economies slump. But there is no asset valuation concept in the founding documents of any nation state; nor should there be. The UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer commended his budget to the House of Commons last week to help create a country that " wants to be prosperous, solvent and free."

China’s Bad Bet on the Environment

Harvard Business Review

Websites exploded with pictures and data, documenting the terrifying health and economic costs of the pollution: a drop in life expectancy of 5.5 In 2013, the environment surpassed illegal land expropriation as the largest source of social unrest in the country.

How to Write the Dreaded Self-Appraisal

Harvard Business Review

If you're having a significant problem with a co-worker, talk to your manager long before the review — with the door closed, not in a written document.". and "Which types of projects and activities would you like to see more of in your day-to-day work?" No one likes review time.

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