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Is the Term Change Management Still Relevant?

Just as a “starter for 10,” when you type in “Change Management” as a search string into Google, you get in excess of 2 million hits. I have published many of my previous articles, because the issues I have tackled all seem to be the subject of continuing debates on LinkedIn and this one is […]

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Oversights to Avoid In Strategic Plan Implementation

We outlined in an earlier article post the importance of EVERY competing business having a Strategic Plan to establish its Purpose, Goals, Strategy, Action Plans, and Plan Implementation procedure.  Here, we would like to point out critical areas where our best-laid plans may go awry if certain areas of the plan are ignored during the implementation […]

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What Is Operational Excellence?

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. – Vince Lombardi In “The Discipline of Market Leaders – Choose your Customers, Narrow your Focus, Dominate your Market,” Michael Treacy and Fred Wiersema describe three distinct value propositions or disciplines an organization can choose to compete in their market or industry–Operational […]

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Make Change That Lasts

Change is the only constant. – Heraclictus, Greek Philosopher Change is the only constant in the work environment Whether you are shifting office to another location, adopting a new practice or process, implementing an IT system, or re-engineering the business processes for an organization, change happens to everyone all the time. However, many change initiatives have been short-lived as […]

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Change Resistance: “Change? No, Not in My Backyard!”

Another much written about and discussed subject is change resistance, so here is my take on the subject. Let me start by saying that life is all about change. From a personal perspective, we change continuously from the day we are born to the day we die. While some of these changes happen as a […]

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Don’t Blame Brand Licensing

Jack Trout in his blog published on BrandingStrategyInsider.com “Licensing: Trouble for Brands” dated February 25, 2008 makes a compelling argument for why not to consider licensing as a method of brand extension.  Furthermore, he backs it up with multiple examples of established brands with flawed licensing programs that serve to prove his hypothesis. After reading about Pratt […]

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The Personality Side of Being a Change Management Professional

First of all, let’s start with the word “professional.” Well, I tried searching Google and found this one in Business Dictionary: Person formally certified by a professional body of belonging to a specific profession by virtue of having completed a required course of studies and/or practice. And whose competence can usually be measured against an established […]

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Organizations Need a “Competitive” Strategic Plan in Today’s Digital Economy

It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive, but those who can best manage change. – Charles Darwin During my several decades of consulting with clients in a multitude of markets, I almost invariably have found that those organizations who are in greatest need of changing their approach to being competitive, […]

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Training Within Industry (TWI) – The Foundation of Standardized Work & Continuous Improvement

In September 1990, my colleague and I participated in a technical training program for instructors held at the Panasonic Overseas Training Center and the Production Engineering College in Osaka, Japan for a period of two months. Waiting for the Shinkansen bound for Osaka During that time, we were newly hired technical training instructors at the […]

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SAP and Change Management

As a “seasoned” Change Manager, I have been involved in many diverse projects focusing on managing the business aspect of technology implementations; e.g. ERP (SAP, Oracle, Microsoft Dynamics), Core Banking Systems, Business Intelligence, Case Working and Knowledge Management solutions, and the like. To this day, I continue to be asked why is there a need […]

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Better Business We Learned from the Creators of ‘South Park’

Great TV shows have creators who spend many hours of many days perfecting every detail of every show before it’s taped. And then there are the co-creators of “South Park,” who do the whole thing in a week. Matt Stone and Trey Parker are the brains and voices behind the wildly popular TV cartoon series […]

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How Do You Use Brand Licensing to Extend Your Brand?

Few companies use brand licensing to extend their brands into new categories. Those that do, including Coleman, Newell Rubbermaid, and P&G, have successfully delivered millions of products a year into the marketplace by leveraging the competencies, resources and distribution networks of hundreds of manufacturers throughout the globe. Up until now, licensing has been a nice to have tactic […]

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