Inside Change Blogs 

by April Callis-Birchmeier

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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Sponsor Service

Last week I wrote about the need to Be Of Service to Sponsors and Stakeholders, to be B.O.S.S. when it comes to leading change. Sponsors also need to be of service, to stakeholders. When I’m sharing strategies and tactics about helping sponsors to lead, I’m not letting them off the...

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Do you want to be a B.O.S.S.? Be of Service to Sponsors and Stakeholders

I had the great pleasure of speaking at the PMI Sioux Empire Chapter Summit yesterday in Sioux Falls, SD.  In addition to the READY, Set, Change! keynote session, I presented a session entitled Secrets of Successful Sponsor Engagement. Talking about sponsor engagement led me to think deeply...

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An Antidote to Change Fatigue

Are you feeling tired, foggy or somewhat overwhelmed? 

You may be experiencing change fatigue. The constant swirl of uncertainty due to continuing Covid cases, inflation, ongoing war in the Ukraine as well as the continuing stress of work challenges are proving that change fatigue is real....

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Leaders Focus on Resilience and Results

Resilience is defined as the ability to recover from setbacks, adapt well to change, and keep going in the face of adversity. Organizational change relies on individual change and developing personal resilience. Building our resilience capacity includes accepting loss, developing habits of...

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Wrestling with Resistance

Resistance to change is natural and inevitable. You may have felt resistance at personal changes you are implementing for yourself. Even when we willingly seek change for ourselves, resistance is always ready to rear its ugly head and demand to know why! Change is tough.

Early in my career I...

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Organizational Change Management Improves Adoption = Success

As project and HR professionals, we are in the business of change. 

Preparing people for change doesn’t have to be confusing and hard.  Identifying the change and helping people get ready not only increases success, it adds to the bottom line as our change is adopted more quickly....

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Volunteer and Accelerate your Career

Many years ago, I raised my hand to be a visionary volunteer leader for the National Speakers Association of Michigan. It may be “meta”, but for me, meaningful because that experience set off a chain reaction which continues to impact me. I discovered that becoming an association...

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Are you impacted by VUCA?

How’s your VUCA world? 

VUCA which stands for, Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous was a bit of a buzzword for a couple of years ago, but now it seems to be the way we function in all aspects of life and work.  

In some cases, VUCA may be a term used to indicate a chaotic...

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Transition to Change Management

Spring has arrived! and though I know it’s just a few short weeks until we have full-out Summer here in Michigan, I’m always thrilled to see the transition and renewal that happens in the Spring.  

This year I’m reflecting on a time, pre-pandemic, when transition to change...

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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]