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"In the wake of Covid-19, organizations are fundamentally rethinking their product and service portfolios, reinventing their supply chains, pursuing large-scale organizational restructuring and digital transformation, and rebuilding to correct systemic racism from the ground up. Traditional change management process won’t cut it. The author borrows from agile software development processes to reinvent the change management playbook."



Monday January 25

As expected, solid advice from The Harvard Business Review/Korn Ferry.

We like this one the best:

Encourage self-organizing teams to supplement your efforts.
"When time is of the essence, these teams can help tackle challenges and opportunities as they see them, including those that aren’t visible to leadership but are critical to supporting the change agenda.

"For example, one such group emerged at IBM as employees transitioned to working from home earlier this year. They took it upon themselves to establish guiding principles to help make work and life easier for themselves and their colleagues, collaborating with business and HR leaders to evolve their efforts into a company-wide pledge. Within a matter of days, thousands of employees posted their individual pledges to an internal social media channel and CEO Arvind Krishna shared his publicly on LinkedIn. This grassroots effort likely did more to accelerate the company’s transition to productive remote work, and on a faster timeline, than any corporate-led initiative could have. "


Though it's interesting how they refer to this as 'grassroots'. I think 'Gen-Z' would say this is 'crowdsourcing'. We like to think of it as the good old fashioned 'open source' philosophy. In any case, a good real-world example.




Original Article Information:
  Sarah Jensen Clayton
  Harvard Business Review
  Sunday January 10
  An Agile Approach to Change Management