In September 2015 Vienna is proud to welcome a large part of the solution-focused global community to the EBTA (European Brief Therapy Association) conference.
I am pleased to be holding a workshop at this conference on the subject “Change Is A Verb – SF Change Management Essentials” on 12 September 2015.
Find out more about the workshop and this exciting international conference here.
Here is an extract from Susanne’s SOLtalk at the SOLworld conference in Stockholm in September 2014 on “The Murder of Change Management”. To view the video of the SOLtalk, click here.
Obituary to Change Management
With great sorrow we announce the passing away of our dear friend and most esteemed benefactor, traditional Change Management. Change Management’s contributions to our organisational lives were manifold. It strengthened the impression of stability in our organisations and safeguarded our organisations from undergoing any radical shifts. It created many grand designs and change processes, projects and programmes, and inspired us to find many wonderful-sounding names for them. It deepened our understanding of our problems and focused our attention on an in-depth analysis of what was not working. It helped us forge a leadership coalition to provide clarity of vision at the top and fully prepared us to expect resistance. It told us to sharpen our staff members’ fears of remaining at the status quo and to crack the whip in order to move everyone along.It taught us all about the 8 steps of change, the 7 levels of the organisation that need change, the ten commandments of change, the 20 milestones of change processes, the 35 rules of negotiating with stakeholders, and it described in depth the 275 things leaders must do in order to support Change Management.
For all of this we are eternally grateful, because it has given our organisations the peace and tranquillity to appear dynamic and innovative to the outside world, while maintaining the rigour of hierarchy and structures that have been handed down to us from our fore-fathers going back to the industrial revolution and before.
We deplore our great loss.
With deep gratitude for the many achievements of Change Management
The Board Members of numerous organisations
Announcement by the GIA (Global Investigations Agency)
The GIA is asking anyone who has relevant information about the murder of Change Management to come forward and give evidence. We are looking for anyone displaying any or all of the listed behaviours in situations of organisational change, either as a consultant, coach, leader or staff member:
- Talking about hope (instead of using fear)
- Expecting cooperation (instead of resistance)
- Making experiments (instead of roadmaps)
- Looking for small signs of progress or taking baby steps (instead of milestones and deadlines)
- Elaborating on the Preferred Future or Future Perfect, or what might be better, or any such nonsense (instead of what we must stop doing)
- Doing something differently (instead of talking about it)
- Changing something (not someone)
- Looking for what works in the old (instead of scrapping it and starting afresh)
We suspect that this may be a conspiracy and we are looking for a band of like-minded individuals. Most likely suspects are ALL the members of the SF community!!!
usolvit is currently conducting a survey on the question “Leading Change: What differentiates excellent from mediocre change managers?”. The results from the German-speaking countries are already available. If you are interested in participating in the survey, sign up with us under firstname.lastname@example.org!
We have already conducted in-depth interviews with approximately 20 change managers and collected data via questionnaires from approx. 100 managers dealing with change. The result is a very interesting profile of a successful change manager, as well as a number of situations in which behavioral differences between successful or less successful change agents can be detected.
What will result from this? These findings will be integrated into our learn-center “Leading Change” which we offer we for anyone having to deal with the subject of “change”. And the search goes on … Check in with us if you are interested in this topic!