Inside Change Blogs 

by April Callis-Birchmeier

Simplicity in Organizational Change; “It’s a gift to be simple…”

Have you ever noticed how hard it is to be simple? Despite years of experience, I still find that creating or making something appear simple is very complex. I first discovered this in my junior year of high school. I was chosen (much to my delight) to teach the audition dance to prospective...

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A New Year and New Journey

 

I’m on a road trip! My husband, Jay and I have packed up the car and are heading to Florida to visit my father. It’s been a while since my last road trip and this endeavor reminds me of the parallels between a road trip and a change journey.

Now, navigating a change management...

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Transformation Through Change Management

As a successful HR, project, or change professional, you're aware of the importance of transformation. As I watched The Little Mermaid recently, I was struck by the parallels between the story of Ariel transforming into a human and the change journey we undertake as project...

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Navigating Change by Lighting the Way

"When it comes to leading change have you ever heard the phrase "be more like a lighthouse"?
It might sound a bit strange, but I've been thinking a lot about it lately. You know how a
lighthouse guides ships safely through dangerous waters? Well, I think that's exactly what we,
as change management...

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What are you Excited About this New Year?

Are you like me? You think a shiny new year is exciting and full of promise? I’m one of those people
who can’t wait to break open the new planner and set my sights on knocking out my goals one by
one. While planning feels good to me and gives me a sense of control, I am aware there is a...

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Thinking about my "Why"

I’m excited to be heading to the PMI Global Summit this week.  I’ll be speaking about using the R.E.A.D.Y. framework to deliver successful projects using organizational change tools and techniques.  My goal is to give Project, Human Resource and Change professionals...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

 

This year I’m feeling especially thankful for the normalcy and the ability to gather that
we’re enjoying right now.

I remember the Thanksgiving dinner when I was twelve and my cousin, Bob, was
eleven. For some reason, we decided we should try to drink the coffee that my aunt had
...

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Resistance is On My Mind

This week many of us experienced what we call a “mass change”. A change that affects a mass group of data, or in this case, a mass of people, stakeholders. This mass change has been a bi-yearly event – where many people in North America “fall-back” and change from...

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Leading Transitions through Change

Do you love seasonal transitions? As a PMP and organizational change management professional I love seasonal transitions for the natural break they provide. Seasonal transitions provide analogies and examples of the adoption of change. Some enjoy seasonal transitions more than others. While I...

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The Process of Change

The more I focus on the process of change, the more I become convinced that the five-step READY framework simplifies change and ensures complete communication between the project management team and the change management team. The project team delivers the technology, they deliver the project,...

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Change = Loss

 

Managing change with tools and techniques to lead people through adoption is, as you may know, a passionate topic that I spend most of my waking hours thinking about. When sharing the stakeholder assessment – we look at the Gain, Loss and Fear that accompanies change. I find I...

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Engaging Leaders in Change Management

This week we're celebrating Change Management Training month and one of the ways we're celebrating is to offer a free workshop on Wednesday September 7th about engaging leaders. 

I’m fascinated with leadership engagement because in the past I've sometimes found myself intimidated and...

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Recognized as one of the Top 30 Global Guru’s in Organizational Culture both in 2021 & 2022, April is an internationally known organizational change management expert who has implemented change for government, health care, higher education and corporate clients. April is the author of four books including the bestsellers “READY, Set, Change! Simplify and Accelerate Organizational Change” and “READY, Set, CCMP™ Exam Prep Guide".  Contact her at [email protected]