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What Surprise Awaits?
In today’s world we do not need another surprise. It seems like we have surprise upon surprise occurring on a regular basis. So, let’s make sure we control what we can and secure solid footing for successfully managing projects in these turbulent times. Consider this….changes don’t occur in a vacuum. To be successful, you must involve the right people at the right time. Follow these steps to identify and engage the right stakeholders.
Unsure about how you’ve segmented the stakeholders, or want some suggestions on how to influence important stakeholders? Reach out to trusted partners, fellow program/project managers, or discuss with project team members. Be well and stay safe!
It’s a Different World
“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
As the COVID-19 pandemic erupted, this frightening intruder once again reminds us of the insight from Mark Twain, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” We have been challenged in the past with pandemics, prevailed over time, and we shall do so again.
With the perspective of the glass half full, we have an opportunity to learn, to problem solve, and act on the trauma and drama of this current threat.We would be the worst of fools if we squander this experience and not use it to help reshape our approach to life, to business, and our own readiness.Below are a few key tenets from change management that we may want to consider:
The paradox of managing change is that when it is done well, nothing happens. So, you will not see the ‘drama’, experience the disruption, or pay the price of poor implementation.
What can be described as V3, the velocity, volume, variety, and impact of this unprecedented event has taught us that mind-bending change can happen at supersonic speed.
This unwelcome and traumatic intrusion into our lives has clearly exposed numerous weak spots. We encourage you to be proactive and productive during this time of forced hibernation to reflect and prepare for reentry into a very different world.
As you begin to reengage into this new world of work and beyond, a challenging question emerges, “Are you ready to navigate the personal change that will confront each of us in this radically new era?”
Be well and stay safe!
The environment around us changes rapidly. Intellectually we know this, yet often the understanding stops short of personal impact. Over the past few weeks we have experienced change at an unprecedented pace that leaves many of us bewildered, anxious, and even fatigued. The coronavirus outbreak has provided an unwanted opportunity to experience the difference between intellectually understanding change and feeling the impact at organizational and personal levels.
The impacts of this new environment vary widely. As we begin to take preventative measures, one of the recommendations is to limit our human interaction. This precaution means that we are faced with an important question: How do we keep our connections to each other and the broader world we live in?
Offered below are a few organizational and personal actions to help navigate this difficult and disorienting time.
Looking at the glass as half full, we have a forced opportunity for solitude and reflection on the deep introspective stage of transition and change, healing, and energy renewal. Making small changes to the way we choose to connect with those around us may be just what we need to thrive.
The 2020 strategic planning session has just wrapped up and the CEO says to the executive team, “Let’s raise a glass and celebrate some really strong work. Now that the ‘hard part’ is done all we have to do is drive these 28 initiatives through the organization.”
Over coffee the next morning the CEO seems a little less sure if planning is the ‘hard part’. He feels confident with the strategic plan and budget; but wonders if he has the talent and skills to deliver in today’s turbulent times? How do you know if the implementation team’s capability is dated in the past, lodged in the present, or open to the future?
Let’s consider a few straight forward questions to assess the era that you are taking a giant leap into:
Past: Is communication and training the extent of your implementation approach? Do you have the skilled resources in place to deliver beyond the basics?
Present: Is your approach still locked into the tools and techniques from the 20th
Future: Are you reaching out to new ‘voices’ and different perspectives to keep abreast of today’s rapidly evolving research in the arts and sciences? Does your organization have the curiosity and mindset to be open to new approaches?
Questions for leading change in the 21st century. What era are you in?
Life is busy. It constantly seems like there is more to do than hours in the day. In an always on world, it is easy to run right past the signals telling us to recharge, until we are running on nothing but fumes. Once we’ve reached the last of our energy reserves, we quickly understand that it will take quite a while to refill the tank.
Consider these three things to maintain your energy reserves:
Building and maintaining personal resilience can be challenging. Meeting this challenge will allow you to have the capacity to take on whatever life throws your way.
Life is busy. It constantly seems like there is more to do than hours in the day. This has a negative impact on your energy level. Doing these three things can help you maintain the energy you need to take on next.