Change Agents:  Don’t Make These Common Mistakes

by Paula Alsher on Thu, Mar 10, 2016 @ 11:51 AM

As change management and project implementation consultants, we’ve seen our share of unsuccessful attempts at change.  These failed implementations happen for a multitude of reasons.  Most commonly, organizations just don’t apply the same business-discipline and rigor for managing the human elements of their change as they do the timeline, the budget, and the technical objectives for the project.

Transformational Change Is Hard:  Overcoming the Challenges of Extreme Change

by Paula Alsher on Thu, Mar 03, 2016 @ 01:43 PM

Recently, IMA president Don Harrison led a webinar entitled, Change Challenges: Extreme Edition” in which he discussed the extreme challenges faced by organizations during transformational change.  For the past 30+ years, Don has focused his work on helping organizations to implement large-scale, complex changes in organizations.  

How to Achieve True Benefit Realization from a Shared Services Implementation

by Paula Alsher on Thu, Feb 04, 2016 @ 11:26 AM

Transitioning to a Shared Services model is one of the most common transformational changes we see in our Change Management Consulting work. The rationale for this type of enterprise-wide change is clear-- why support redundant services such as IT, Human Resources, Financial and/or Legal, in each organizational silo when there can be one corporate-wide resource that is shared? But… the question is… are organizations achieving true benefit realization from their Shared Services implementations? 

The Top 6 Barriers to Change and What Change Agents Can Do About Them

by Paula Alsher on Thu, Oct 22, 2015 @ 10:53 AM

If there is one thing we know for sure, it is today’s organizations are busy! Busy making changes that is. From Mergers and Acquisitions to Shared Services to IT implementations, changes are happening at an alarming rate of speed.

Why Do Change Projects Fail? How Can You Prevent Your Project from Becoming a Statistic?

by Paula Alsher on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 @ 10:35 AM

Organizations are experiencing an astounding rate of business change. Changes designed to improve market share, competitive advantage, operational efficiency and shareholder return have multiplied at an alarming rate—so many projects chasing too few resources. In short, everyone wants to get better, faster.

Sponsorship and Change Agents: Accountability and Barriers to Change

by Paula Alsher on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 @ 10:29 AM

One of the barriers to change is a lack of clarity around implementation roles and responsibilities.  What are Change Agents accountable for?  What about Sponsors?  And by "Sponsors" we are talking about the entire management team ranks.  When there is a lack of clarity around accountability, everyone thinks the next guy or gal is the person who is accountable.  As Don Harrison, IMA President, says, "I used to think that this was a problem for Sponsors-- but now I realize that if no one is accountable, it is a very comfortable place to be!"

Can Transformational Change Overcome a Risk-Averse Culture?

by Paula Alsher on Thu, Jun 26, 2014 @ 04:18 PM

A common barrier to success for organizations seeking transformation is that there is inherent risk-aversion which becomes a cultural barrier to transformational change.  If you are seeking to truly transform you just can’t do it if people are fearful of making decisions and taking some level of risk.  One of the most common pathologies we see in organizations today is that risk-aversion has slowed down decision-making and progress to a virtual crawl. 

Transformational Change: Are You Reinforcing the Status Quo?

by Paula Alsher on Tue, Nov 19, 2013 @ 10:21 AM

Our change management consulting on transformational change-- whether it is IT transformation, HR transformation, or healthcare transformation--consistently points to one major change management flaw: Organizations reinforce the status quo rather than transformational change.  

10 Predictable Barriers to Transformational Change Success

by Paula Alsher on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 @ 08:24 AM

The terms "transformational change" and "transformation" may be two of the most over-used words in business today.  In our change management consulting work, we identify three different types of strategic change: 

Change Management Consulting Reveals 4 Common Myths

by Paula Alsher on Tue, Mar 19, 2013 @ 02:20 PM

Over the course of the past 25 years our change management consulting work has exposed us to a lot of misconceptions about what works and what doesn't work when it comes to implementing projects. We recently shared these 4 myths at the HIMSS (Health Information Management Systems Society) International Conference and found that the myths are alive and well in the world of Healthcare IT project implementations.