Don Harrison

Don Harrison
As President and Founder of IMA, Don Harrison brings more than 35 years of consulting experience to the organization. He has consulted to senior executives at Fortune 500 companies, multi-national corporations, entrepreneurial ventures and government agencies to increase the speed and reduce the cost of major change. Don is the principal designer of a systematic and practical approach to predicting, managing and accelerating the implementation rate of large systems change called Accelerating Implementation Methodology (AIM).
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Understanding the Role of Sponsors in a Project Implementation

by Don Harrison on Wed, Oct 02, 2019 @ 10:29 AM

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times…Sponsorship is the single most important factor in a fast and successful implementation. But what exactly is Sponsorship? And why is it so important?

Leading People Through Business Changes: The AIM Methodology Explained

by Don Harrison on Wed, Sep 18, 2019 @ 10:53 AM

Business changes come in all sizes. Some are limited to a few small, procedural modifications while others will completely transform your organization. But no matter what size change you are working on, employing a structured change management methodology is key if you want to ensure return on investment. 

The Top Ten Things That WILL NOT Transform Your Organization

by Don Harrison on Wed, Sep 04, 2019 @ 01:08 PM

Let’s get real. If you are working on a transformational change are you doing more with less or doing different things differently? Are you looking for incremental change or transformational change? It’s your choice, but if you say the latter and deliver the former (or nothing at all) you are going to pay a heavy price in your organization. 

10 Buzzwords You Need to Strike from Your Vocabulary When Talking to Sponsors

by Don Harrison on Wed, Aug 21, 2019 @ 01:30 PM

I have a little secret to tell you. If you are a Change Agent it is probably something you don’t want to hear, but I’m going to let you in anyway. Ready? Here it is… your Sponsors don’t care about change management. 

Getting to Launch of a Project is Critical… But, It’s Not Enough!

by Don Harrison on Wed, Aug 07, 2019 @ 10:44 AM

If you are currently working on a business change whether is it transformational in scope or a small procedural modification, chances are you are extremely focused on getting to the “go-live” date. Most likely, there are strategies in place and resources dedicated to ensuring the project is going to be on time, on budget and to scope. In other words, once the project is launched you can check the box that it is complete and move on to the next change, right? WRONG! 

A Few Real-Life Examples of Resistance to Change with Tips on How to Manage Them

by Don Harrison on Wed, Jul 24, 2019 @ 10:40 AM

In my 40+ years of Change Management Consulting, I’ve seen a lot of resistance to change. In fact, I’d be surprised if someone could come up with an example of resistance I haven’t experienced! To many of my clients, resistance is one of the most frustrating aspects of implementing a business change. But, I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be. 

Innovation Without Implementation Leads Nowhere

by Don Harrison on Wed, Jul 10, 2019 @ 11:24 AM

We all know a culture of innovation can make a company wildly successful. But the growing challenge innovative organizations face is how to ensure enough attention is being paid to how to implement all the fabulous ideas they come up with! 

What to Look for When Choosing a Change Management Training Program

by Don Harrison on Wed, Jun 26, 2019 @ 12:20 PM

I recently did a quick google search on the words “Change Management Training” and was shocked to see the number of options that came up. The marketplace is, in fact, filled with countless choices. There were even sites that filtered the options for you. Find the right change management training now! 

What to Do When Your Sponsors are Your Biggest Obstacle to Success

by Don Harrison on Wed, Jun 12, 2019 @ 02:27 PM

When most people think about change management, they automatically assume preparing targets is the most important activity a Change Agent should be doing. But we all know you should never assume (and we all know why, too!) The fact is, having visible and active Sponsors at all levels of the organization who are actively demonstrating their commitment to a change, both publicly and privately, is the most important factor in a fast and successful implementation. 

5 Warning Signs Your Change Project May Be in Trouble

by Don Harrison on Wed, May 29, 2019 @ 10:51 AM

Between Healthcare and Business Transformation, the amount of money currently being spent on organizational change is staggering. Unfortunately, as the amount of money being spent on transformation continues to rise so do the number of unsuccessful implementations. Recent studies confirm only 25-30% of all business changes achieve full benefit realization. Yes, you read that correctly.