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Some Resources for Organizational Change

February 28th, 2011 by KU PMC

Is there a more often longed-for yet less often achieved workplace goal than bringing change to one’s organization?

The desire to shift the way things are in some large or small way likely reflects an innate creativity that’s part of the human condition. We long to leave our mark, and we can usually imagine some change in the conditions around us that would allow us to more effectively do so.

And yet, we simultaneously resist – consciously or not – many of the efforts those around us make to bring about organizational changes. What’s up with that?

Fortunately, many able thinkers have taken on this question. Here are a few resources for those interested in pondering this conundrum and putting their own change propositions in the best position for success.

First, a talk: on Wednesday this week (3/2), Dr. Marlesa Roney will present a talk on Effective Organizational Change at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park. Click here for details.

Second, a fabulous post from Heidi Grant Halvorson’s “Succeed” blog on the tendency to believe that whatever is older is better and the way this interferes with embracing the new.

Third, from Psychology Today: a leadership researcher and consultant’s look at the psychology behind habits and what managers need to know about brain research to help them work effectively with staff to overcome old habits and embrace the new.

And finally, a new book from ASTD called The Change Book, which invites us to “change the way you think about change.” Looks promising.

What tips can you share about successful organizational change projects you’ve observed or implemented?


The Need for Artisans in the Workplace

February 10th, 2011 by KU PMC

With the current transition in state government, there’s quite a bit of upheaval in some public agencies and a good bit of reorganization of structure and/or priorities and focus going on in others. Meanwhile, local governments and nonprofits are standing by to see what the year will bring for them, both in terms of state policy and tax revenues.

It’s a rather hectic time.

But it’s most certainly a moment of opportunity for news ways of addressing old challenges to emerge. We need new ideas, new designs and new ways of serving the people who are at the center of what we do. We need to get off the assembly line and once again become artisans.

Seth Godin put it this way yesterday:

“Perhaps we’re entering a new age of craftsmanship, one where we can see craft in the way a new business is devised, a sale is made or a website is coded. A craftsperson might be particularly talented and connected in the way she deals with clients, or be able to meet deadlines with alacrity.

“Just because it’s not in a crafts fair doesn’t mean it didn’t demand craft.”

What shifts for you if you think of your work as craft?




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