Building Target Readiness for Change

by Paula Alsher on Thu, Jun 28, 2018 @ 12:52 PM

While many organizations hope a series of informational emails from top executives combined with a few half-day training sessions for end users will work to build Target Readiness for an organizational change, these tactics are rarely enough. The fact is, no amount of communication is going to magically make people change their behavior. And while important, end-user training is just one piece of the Readiness puzzle. 

Build Change Readiness and Sustained Adoption with Performance Based Training

by Paula Alsher on Thu, Aug 24, 2017 @ 12:23 PM

Target Readiness is an important element of the Accelerating Implementation Methodology (AIM) change management modelDon Harrison, developer of this highly respected implementation framework, lists four requirements for Targets to get to sustained change adoption, whether the individual is a leader, or at the front lines. These include having: 

Implementing a New Change Management Process?  Here’s A Guide to Using Change Management on Change Management

by Paula Alsher on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 @ 10:17 AM

How’s this for irony?  You’ve finally convinced your senior executives about the benefits of applying structure to the people-side of projects.  You’ve been approved to implement a new change management methodology across the organization.  This is great news, and of course, you’ve selected the Accelerating Implementation
Methodology (AIM)
as your change management process of choice.  You’re so smart! 

Understanding Frame of Reference is a Key Factor in Practical Change Management

by Paula Alsher on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 @ 10:26 AM

Whether you call it a perspective, a paradigm, or just “the way I see it”, Frames of Reference (FOR) are not optional. Everyone has a Frame of Reference, and often they have multiple FORs.  For example, in a healthcare environment, a nurse may have a personal FOR, a departmental or work function FOR, and a professional FOR. The ranking of these FORs in importance varies by individual.  

Using Involvement Strategies to Build Readiness for Change

by Paula Alsher on Thu, Sep 08, 2016 @ 10:55 AM

There is no doubt building readiness for change takes time, energy, and resources. Ensuring you have the four factors of Sponsorship, Cultural Fit, Agent Capacity and Target Readiness allows you to build readiness at speed.  However, in our 30+ years of Change Management industry experience, we’ve witnessed a lot of Change Management Consultants who miss one of the most powerful tools available for building Target readiness: involvement

How to Implement Your Change Projects Faster than Ever!

by Paula Alsher on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

Fast. Faster. Fastest!  In today's crazy, busy work world, the drive to accelerate transformational change, enterprise wide changes, really any type of business change is greater than ever before.  Organizations who are able to implement faster are figuratively one step ahead of their competition and ultimately more successful. 

How to Jump Start Your Next Change Project

by Paula Alsher on Thu, Jun 09, 2016 @ 11:10 AM

Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”  That’s why we find it rather puzzling when organizations initiate any type of change without a Change Implementation Plan. 

In fact, after almost 40 years of hands-on Change Management Consulting and Training work, we contend Implementation Management Planning is arguably the single most important step to be taken when starting a new change project, whether it’s transformational in scope or a more modest change. 

Building Capacity with Change Management Training: How to Evaluate Options

by Paula Alsher on Thu, Mar 17, 2016 @ 12:02 PM

Are you currently working on a transformational change?  Maybe you are you going through an organizational re-design or implementing new technology.  It could be a Shared Services implementation or a Lean Process Improvement.  If you are involved in any strategic change where people will need to do things differently, you are likely starting to think about how you are going to build capacity.  

The Four Must-Have’s in Order to Build Readiness for Change

by Paula Alsher on Thu, Jan 21, 2016 @ 12:03 PM

How many changes does your organization have planned for this upcoming year? We are guessing it’s quite a few. Whether your plate is full with organization restructuring, new technology, process improvement, or any other change where people need to do things differently, you will ultimately be faced with two options: You can either invest in building readiness now, or you can spend your resources managing resistance later. You can’t avoid this dilemma; it’s inevitable! But the good news is that you do have a choice, and the best choice is pretty obvious. 

7 Questions for Your Change Management Training Shopping List

by Paula Alsher on Thu, Oct 08, 2015 @ 11:15 AM

Today’s marketplace is filled with Change Management training programs that seem very tempting as an easy solution to all of your training needs. But, buyer beware! All training options are not created equally. And a “sheep dipping” approach of training everyone as a required one-time event just doesn’t work.