“We live at a time when change happens so fast that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing.” —R. Laing
Two-and-a-half years ago, I started Change Thinking as a way to gather a community of seasoned, professional change facilitators who want to continually improve their competence in organizational change. After 135 posts, I realized it was time to refresh and reorganize the site. That work is now complete, and Change Thinking includes more background and resources related to my thoughts around change. In addition, I have grouped blog content into eight distinct topics to help practitioners find information faster:
In this collection of blog postings, I explore my relationship to change, and to the role of change facilitation. I also share my thinking on the importance of methodology when practicing our craft, and the danger of becoming locked in to any specific methodology.
How do you know, in advance, how difficult it will be to implement a change successfully? The blogs in this category address this question, and explore key elements that contribute to a change’s “degree of difficulty,” including the intent of the change; the level of change demand it will create vs. the organizational capacity to absorb the change; paradigm shifts; and culture. You will also find guidance on conducting the tough conversations that are an inherent part of our responsibility as change practitioners.
Change is messy. Being able to identify the patterns of human behavior underlying that messiness is vital to our success as change practitioners. I offer insights to identifying those patterns and applying processes and frameworks that address them.
“If all you have is a hammer, everything becomes a nail.” Over the years, I have developed a number of tools that support the skilled practice of our craft. In this collection of blog posts, I share some of these tools and their applications.
There are a clear set of roles that can be identified in every change initiative. Each role brings with it a specific skill-set that is required for successful execution. In this collection, I provide guidance on the roles of change, as well as the responsibilities and skills demanded of them.
Success as change practitioners requires both art and science. In these blog posts, I discuss a broad array of skills essential to the art and science of our work.
We live in an era of ongoing change, one of “no time-outs, no substitutions.” In these blogs, I share my learnings over the years regarding what this means to us both at the individual and the organizational level.
The insights of others can prove to be valuable on their own merits, and can inspire new insights for ourselves as well. I hope these conversations with thought leaders from across our profession will offer significant insights into their thinking and approaches to change.
As we embark on this new look for the blog, I think it is a good time to restate the purpose behind the writing.
I expressed the intent of this blog in the very first two posts. I stated that the envisioned readership was a small community of seasoned, professional change facilitators. What I hoped to convey in the weekly releases was described with as much specificity as I could offer at the time.
Until recently, I hadn’t reread that intent statement since it was originally posted. Although I was tempted to edit it a bit, I resisted, as that was not the point of the review. Instead, I focused on two objectives:
- Remind myself of the initial rationale for the blog’s existence
- Determine to what degree we are adhering to that vision
Those of you who have been following the blog from its launch may remember the intent statement. Those who joined later may not have even seen the blog’s charter. Either way, I respectfully suggest that you read the post.
The extent to which the blog is realizing its stated intent is ultimately up to you. Such a conclusion can only be made in the mind of the reader, so I’ll leave it to you to establish how close to the stated purpose we have come so far. Regardless of your conclusion, I thank you for the opportunity to even attempt to bring value to our profession through this form of expression.
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