Tag Archives: organizational change
Posted on12. Oct, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
My grandmother (we called her Nana) died yesterday. It was unexpected. For us left behind it’s the worst way to go. I think for my Nana it was the best way. Her passing felt like a rip in my life. Suddenly her spirit was not here. There in the space she lived was an empty [...]
Posted on02. May, 2011 by Shawn Murphy.
For a leader, causing change is difficult. For years, the statistic has been that 70% of change initiatives fail. Let’s put that into context. When a senior manager wants to improve efficiency in how insurance claims are paid, for example, it is more likely to back fire on him. Or when a company wants to [...]
Posted on16. Nov, 2010 by Shawn Murphy.
A business strategy is no good without people. Management can create a compelling reason for shifts in the business for 2011, but without engagement by staff into those changes, stellar strategy becomes stagnant strategy. By stagnant I mean that the strategic ideas and related tactics become fodder for water cooler conversation. Something like, “Did you [...]
Posted on10. Nov, 2010 by Shawn Murphy.
In our work with organizations we see managers continually involving the same people in projects. It’s logical for sure; however, it limits the company’s ability to generate fresh solutions to constantly evolving problems. It also sends an unintended message to those who aren’t invited to be on project teams: we have favorites around here. You [...]
Posted on26. Oct, 2010 by Shawn Murphy.
When it comes to change we all experience some level of resistance. Some of us get over it faster and others get stuck defending the soon-to-be-outdated way. Over the years, we’ve learned much about how people respond to change and how to work with people to accept change. Some pioneers who’ve helped lead the way [...]
Posted on16. Oct, 2010 by Shawn Murphy.
After a recent trip to Disney World, I identified eight business actions Disney does extremely well that can help a manager cause change within the business. This is Part 2 of a multi-blog series that explores audacious ideas to defy the “here we go again” employee responses associated with change. In Part 1 I proclaimed [...]
Posted on15. Aug, 2010 by Shawn Murphy.
Our doctors take they Hippocratic Oath swearing to ethically treat their patients, and to follow an ideal conduct as a physician. In a conversation with a client, she casually suggested that leaders should take a Leadership Oath. Ethics and ideal conduct are not limited to physicians and are fitting for leaders. So what follows is [...]