Change on the Run offers effective advice on common change challenges, from veteran leaders and experts in surviving and excelling during large workplace initiatives.
Guests join Phil Buckley to discuss their experiences and share the one thing they would do to meet a challenge when they're pressed for time.
From managing yourself, to managing the work, to managing others on your team, the Change on the Run podcast gives you the best results in the shortest amount of time.
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Negotiating Deadlines with Cathy Brown
Phil is joined by change and business transformation expert Cathy Brown to discuss negotiating deadlines during change.
Setting realistic project timelines requires a thorough understanding of the change and the context in which it is being made. The level of change complexity, resource availability, and operating environment are inputs into creating a fact-based calendar for the timing of deliverables.
Negotiating deadlines requires aligning leader and project team expectations with your assessment of the transition work and the time needed to complete it.
So, how do you negotiate deadlines that enable you to complete tasks and activities to their specifications within dynamic operating environments?
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Handling Mistakes with Michelle Yanahan
Phil is joined by change capability development and change execution expert Michelle Yanahan to discuss handling mistakes during change.
Mistakes are inevitable when managing change. There are too many moving pieces on different schedules, and run by different people to avoid missteps.
Given the stress that major change initiatives inevitably produce, people can default to responses that deflect ownership, compromise resolution, and obscure learning when something goes wrong. This behavior often adds risk to the project and damages relationships.
A better and more difficult approach is to expect and address mistakes as they appear.
So, how do you handle mistakes in ways that identify root causes, resolve issues, and make changes, so they are less likely to happen again?
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Competing for Resources with Denis Kelly
Phil is joined by senior engineering and organization change management professional Denis Kelly to discuss competing for resources.
Securing adequate resources to implement your plan is one of the most important negotiations impacting your success.
Most companies take on larger change agendas than the resources available to implement them. This can lead to insufficient or misaligned resources supporting your change initiative.
A large portfolio of change projects can also limit the capacity of those impacted by the change to implement your plan and transition to new ways of working.
So, how do you compete for the resources your need to support people as they adopt change and achieve intended results?
You can reach Denis at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/denisrkelly.
Reporting Against a Timeline with Jennifer Rhodes
Phil is joined by business transformation and change management leader Jennifer Rhodes to discuss reporting against a timeline.
At the center of every change initiative is a project plan that maps the activities and tasks required to transition people from current to new ways of working. It functions as a work back schedule from the post-launch support to the project kickoff.
Teams supporting a change spend significant time reporting against the timeline. Being “ahead of” or “on plan” is the goal, but often, falling behind is a reality.
The ability to communicate progress against a timeline is an essential change management skill. Those who do it well can influence expectations and plan details; those who don’t can experience greater scrutiny, extra work and lost confidence in their capabilities.
So, how do you report against a timeline to inform stakeholders, guide expectations, and make required enhancements that lead to successful change?
Jennifer can be reached at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifermrhodes/.
Defining Change Support with Stephen Sotto
Phil is joined by executive and change leader Stephen Sotto to discuss defining change support.
Preparation activities are key enablers of change readiness and adoption. The options are many, including, training, coaching, ways of working sessions, job aids, and simulations. The types and amounts of support need to be appropriate for people’s needs and circumstances.
It's a fine balance between too much and too little change assistance. If you provide too much, people get stressed and may choose to opt-out of activities; if you provide too little, people won't have the required mindsets, routines and behaviours to effectively adopt the change.
So, how do you define what change support you need to prepare people to adopt change?
Stephen can be reached at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephen-sotto-08b605b/
Overcoming a Blocker with Dr. Jamie Gruman
Phil is joined by Professor of Organizational Behaviour Dr. Jamie Gruman to discuss overcoming a blocker during change.
Blockers are people who raise barriers to organizational change and your success. They either oppose what you are doing or want it done differently. This form of resistance is challenging because it is intentional and leverages the blocker’s influence through authority, relationships, and organization knowledge. Inaction is not a good option because the barriers will remain, and the wrong type of action can lead to escalation and more setbacks.
So, how do you overcome a blocker to achieve your and the organization’s goals and avoid triggering greater resistance?
Jamie can be reached at: https://www.jamiegruman.com/about-jamie
Links to writings and research: https://www.jamiegruman.com/read-me