“Did it work?” From this question, I started an exploration of the impact of Change Agents on corporate culture . This is the third and last post, where I share what I think makes the real value of the change work - what makes change agents indispensableRead More
Traditional ways of work are being transformed by change agents. Or are they? What is the actual impact of change agents on corporate culture change? Is it worth the hype around the flourishing “Transformation” and “Innovation” job titles? First part of my reflections on impact, inspired by the Berlin Change Days.Read More
Why partner with Kotter? It’s not just about the brand – known across the world. It’s not just about Pr Kotter – the thought leader, legendary youngest professor at Harvard, prolific author of best-selling books translated into 200 foreign-language editions, top leadership “guru”. It’s much more than that.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Is shop floor the blind spot of leadership? For so much management and control, very little people-centered leadership seems to happen there. That's why I got so interested in my colleague Bill Murray's experiment. His team's success shows that leadership is not only possible on the manufacturing shop floor, but that it delivers exceptional results. I asked Bill to explain why and how.Read More
How do we do quality? Through processes and exhortations? Or by putting the human at the center of the system, and empowering them to improve it continuously? The pharma industry has misunderstood Edwards Deming for 30 years, but can catch up. An article co-written with Anders Vinther, Chief Quality Officer for Sanofi Pasteur.Read More
What if Agile was more than a process, a method? What if the logical progression from method to outcome was not the reality in most companies? Let's talk about change activism instead. This blog post was originally published on Hack & Craft NewsRead More
After 10 years exploring the world, growing through unusual jobs, connecting deeply with strangers, I experienced a cultural shock when I joined a large, old, scientific company. First, I tried to cope. Then, I tried to change a few things. It didn't always work as hoped, but it was definitely instructive.Read More
It’s been a blast. A year has passed already since I’ve started getting involved in an amazing people-centric transformation project. Now is a good time to look back and reflect on the progress that happened, what remains to be done, and what I’ve learnt along the way.Read More
Volunteers decide by themselves. They can say no. That’s why “volunteer” is a rarity in the corporate world, that loves nothing more than orderly management of resources. Yet, they bring invaluable energy and ideas... provided organizations learn to mobilize and leverage volunteers. Here is an example, taken from an on-going movement for quality improvement. Based on Kotter's 8-Step for leading change, it is about enabling massive volunteerism to help the organization improve.Read More
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?Read More
Large companies are going through challenging times, both from a business and organizational standpoints. These turbulences are hitting in a particular way old, large corporations because of their limited appetence for change.
Top-down / hierarchical / controlling and risk-avoidance company cultures but also lack of diversity in executive teams, intense competitive and financial pressure for short-term results, an increasingly complex legal and regulatory environment and stringent procedures for products development & production, are all contributing to the situation. Employee disengagement is reaching worrying levels, as if the current work environment didn’t provide the motivational aspirations and perspectives it did in the past.Read More