Posts in Change
Culture and the Real Impact of Change Agents - Part 2

Overcoming the simplistic opposition between “change” and “resistance to change” is I believe a service that change agents can do to their cause. Besides, change work comes with risks and responsibilities that are important to be aware of. Second part of my reflections on impact and culture change, inspired by the Berlin Change Days.

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One Human at a Time

Our individual and collective responsibility to bring about positive change is immense. But how do we do? One way, as Henry Dunant did 150 years ago, is to give life to a new idea that advances humanity. More modestly, another way today is to improve how purpose-driven organizations work. Notes from my contribution to an event on Community Building & Change Management organized at the International Committee of the Red Cross in January 2018.

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Corporate Activism & Leadership Transformation

What is corporate activism? I believe it is broader than “companies taking a stance on social issues” and it has the potential to propel organizations, people and society at large into a more positive future. It is a leadership transformation tested with success in a large, global organization. In this post, I describe how it works and why more organizations should consider creating value this way.

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Can We Save Corporate Communications?

Creating a common reality, from which people can act together towards a certain goal, is possibly the most arduous challenge faced by corporate communicators today. Major social changes, technological disruptions have profoundly impacted sense-making. What can corporate communicators learn about this new world and evolve their professional practice, to remain relevant and add business value?

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How to Measure Culture Change Without Killing It

While performance is monitored to death through zillions of numbers, how do we assess the effectiveness of culture change efforts? And, as we want to support voluntary transformation, how do we measure behavior change with metrics that do not operate as targets or injunctions? A field experience in a large-scale transformation may open ways for meaningful measurement.

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Quality As A Movement For Change. Seriously?

Want to wreck the atmosphere of a friendly dinner? Speak "industrial quality". Explain how compliance, deviation tracking and process books are important. It's only minutes before the first guest starts yawning and stretching. Yet, I'm moving to Quality, and I'm thrilled. It's an overwhelming challenge. How to transform an old industrial culture, with Quality as a catalyst for change? How to engage employees into making quality products? How to make Quality exciting? 

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Corporate Transformation Starts Here

Business, organization and culture change are hot topics in the corporate world today. However, they often remain conceptual thinking: implementation is seen as difficult. Where to start? The trigger can be as simple as a meeting. But not the usual one. Here’s an example of how a single, different type of meeting can kick off a new collaborative culture.

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When Change Gets Rewarded

On December 2nd, 2013 I was awarded the Tribune Women’s Award. This French leading economic daily newspaper acknowledges every year the talent of women entrepreneurs and top executives. I was lucky enough to be recognized in the “international” category, a good fit with my international career path. But in this particular case, the trophy rewards a collective story of changing mindsets and organizations.

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Can Social Be Top-Down?

Adoption is the pain point of social enterprise. While adoption rates linger at staggering low levels, critical success factors are endlessly identified, dissected and commented.

Among those is the “top management support”, often seen as the key to success. But is it really? Is it true that, to succeed, social initiatives must have a high level champion, possibly the CEO? Can a company become social if it hasn’t got its Michael Dell, a Chief Social Officer, or at least highly convinced top executives?

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