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How to make change work for you August 10, 2006

Posted by Tom in Research, Stronger Organizations.

I’ve always wanted to integrate some elements of organization management into the dialogue at Convergence, and this piece from Tech Futures called “Embracing Change” is exactly what I was hoping for. The issues involved in bringing two different worlds – economic development and workforce development – together are bound to create stressful environments, which is a challenge for leaders to navigate. However, once (positive) change is accomplished, the journey appears to be worth the effort.

The two-page Financial Times PDF article in the link suggests six concepts to consider when bringing change to an organization:

  • Create a dialogue between risk and opportunity
  • Forge external networks and internal communities of practice
  • Test strategies and decisions against critical uncertainties
  • Develop “masters of uncertainty”
  • Intentionally evolve as an adaptive organisation
  • Add an “uncertainty mapping” dimension to strategic decision-making

The article’s author, Eamonn Kelly, fleshes out the concepts quite well for such a brief article. It’s a smart read – rather than rush head-first into the stress of a change environment, would you not rather have considered ways to minimize that stress?



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