City of Stockholm perfectly illustrates a vision for change

As we know, building commitment to change begins at the level of the individual and their decisions and behaviours. Well, the City of Stockholm, like JFK before them, have set out their long term change vision of becoming a fossil fuel free city by 2050.
That’s a way off, I here you cry. However, the City [...]

Posted by Brian Casey on September 15th, 2010

We still need to manage change out of the downturn

This is an extract from a survey we commissioned and published in September 2009, about managing change through the financial downturn. The findings and implications, even in slightly more stable financial conditions, are still relevant are year on.
‘The survey was commissioned to help organisations understand the change challenges in the current environment and to point [...]

Posted by Brian Casey on September 10th, 2010

Is hierarchy damaging your change strategy execution?

In July’s Newsletter, I referred to research carried out by Harvard Business Review on change strategy execution. I couldn’t link to it at the time because it wasn’t live, so here it is, Hierachy can hurt strategy execution.
The top 4 survey findings are:

the biggest execution challenge is making strategy meaningful [...]

Posted by Brian Casey on August 13th, 2010

How to select a change management methodology #1

Will it meet your business needs and is it value for money?
When selecting your change management methodology, be clear on what you see as the outcome for the business. This is first and foremost; is it to build organisational change capability or improve production process?
Remember that you will have to communicate any change to your staff, [...]

Posted by Brian Casey on July 23rd, 2010

Join us for a webinar during April

Whether you are an experienced change agent or change management is your latest project, you may be interested in our series of free webinars during April.
Each webinar lasts 60 minutes and cover a broad range of topics, and are designed to make you more effective as change agents and leaders.
A full list of topics can [...]

Posted by Brian Casey on April 1st, 2010

Change in the Cloud

Yesterday, I attended one of the first meetings of EuroCloud. As you might imagine this is a Europe-wide organisation dedicated to promoting Cloud Computing. For purposes of the blog the cloud could be defined as ‘available anywhere on the web 24/7′ plus ‘changes are made once, for everyone’. This covers everything from to Google Apps.
In [...]

Posted by David Miller (Managing Director of Changefirst) on February 26th, 2010

3 ways Kraft can succeed with Cadbury

The Financial Times reported that “Warren Buffett, the billionaire investor and Kraft’s biggest shareholder, has attacked the US food group’s £11.6bn ($18.9bn) agreed takeover of Cadbury, saying it was “a bad deal that he would vote against if he could.”

I don’t know what he knows about Kraft but of course he’s right about [...]

Posted by David Miller (Managing Director of Changefirst) on January 22nd, 2010

A guide to successful change management – Building Sustainable Change Capability

Demand for building sustainable change capability is being driven hard in organisations by forces coming from a range of directions. Radical changes in competition, technology and customer expectations are all combining to create an almost constant need for change.
So how should organisations address this challenge?
Well if they are serious about creating change capability they need [...]

Posted by Brian Casey on December 11th, 2009

Is it Change management or Strategy Implementation?

I came across an interesting blog post here that posed the general question about whether change management and strategy implementation are an “either / or” situation i.e. are they mutually exclusive or do they best exist hand in glove.
There was a lot of resonance for me here for two key reason:
1)  it’s long been clear to [...]

Posted by Audra Proctor (Head of Learning Services for Changefirst) on November 20th, 2009