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What’s a drive-by change manager? Someone who just passes by, hits you with a mountain of work to get you “change ready”, recants a string of cookie cutter key messages and – poof! They channel Puff the Magic Dragon and vanish before you can ask any questions. Interactions with this type of manager consist of dumping sessions of to-dos, decisions made and unrealistic deadlines. In short, these change managers spend their time dishing out work rather than offering context, input and support so you can transition yourself (and your team) to the future state.
I’ve come across more than a few change managers and project professionals who are wary or sceptical of agile. It’s different to the way they are used to doing things and they aren’t sure how to apply traditional change practices. I’m here to tell you there’s actually a lot about agile that is great for us, so lean in and get reading!
During my time building the change management capability for a global tech giant, the first question from clients was often, “What do we do about digital?” And rightfully so. With the vast majority of ASX-listed companies reporting digital as a cornerstone of their corporate strategy, and enabler to unlocking hidden value, opting out of digital (whether it be through investments, skills or initiatives) is no longer an option. It’s a must. A McKinsey report underscored digital’s massive potential, its contribution to Australia’s
The concept of servant leadership befuddles many. The idea that a leader should serve his followers is not only foreign and unconventional, but provokes a stigma that to ‘serve’ is a lowly duty best reserved for fast food outlets and retail employees. I argue servant leadership is an effective means to motivate, influence and transform. The servant leader’s emphasis on other’s well-being bolsters success rates for not only imparting organisational change, but making lasting changes to employee growth both professionally and personally.
Organisations need to consciously enable agility if they want to keep up with the rate of change. Everyone seems to be moving to Agile ways of working… but you can’t just add water and hope that it grows your organisational agility.
Talking about the elephant in the room is one thing. Defining what ‘effective executive sponsorship’ actually looks like is a bit of different conversation. There is mounting research that is challenging the traditional ‘burning platform’ “change or die” leadership approaches we so commonly see advocated in traditional change management.
Over the 20 years Prosci has been conducting the Change Management Best Practices research, sponsorship has been ranked the #1 contributor to the success and failure of initiatives. Which makes it surprising that in a recent article, “Digital Transformation Is Not About Technology”, the Harvard Business Review (HBR) avoided the elephant in the room. This is despite reporting that for every $1.3T invested in digital technology $900B is wasted.
So let’s talk about that elephant…