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Change Management Skills Blogs

Change management is important because the world is in a continual state of flux and change.

Change management training is intended to help people deal with the three major aspects of change.

  • The necessity of change
  • The practical aspects of change
  • The emotional aspects of change

The necessity of change means that there is no way to avoid the need for change. Change is the universal constant. Nothing stays the same for very long. And therefore, staying the same and simply repeating the same formula as last year, probably won’t be enough to succeed in the coming years. Everyone must progress, even to keep up with the current changes in technology, social changes and economic conditions.

The practical aspects of change means organising resources to determine the most effective means of making the necessary changes.

The main steps are:

  1. Deciding the direction of change: determining the target state. The goal.
  2. Next step is determining the material resources that will need to be assembled to make the change (these include, Money, technology and People).
  3. Next comes the additional abilities that need to be developed in order to master the change process, (this means skill, knowledge and factual information).
  4. Next is to decide the practical plan and sequencing of activities that will allow the change process to be made in the most efficient manner possible.

The emotional aspects of change, means managing most people’s resistance to change and a desire to keep with their existing patterns. Most people Hate change because change brings uncertainty. We need to help people learn to see change as a means of making things better.

Change Management Skills Blogs

Change Management Models

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Change affects every organisation at some stage and it needs to be handled skilfully in order for it to be successful. We take a look at the four change management models that can be used for effective change in business.

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Managing Negative Attitudes to Change

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Companies need to evolve, which involves change. Often, employees will complain about change and want things to remain as they are. As a manager you must be able to read the mood of your staff and manage their emotions and attitudes towards change.

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Why Do People Resist Change?

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People are creatures of habit and resist change because it is too difficult, or unproven to be better than what they are currently doing. Better the devil you know, is a well-used phrase when it comes to change, but should you accept it?

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The Importance of Change Management Training

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Change of one kind or another is on the way: Climate change, economic change, political change, technological change. In order for these changes to have a positive effect on your organisation, you must manage the changes well.

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Measure the Feedback

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Once you have set your goal, don't forget to measure your progress and act on feedback. Feedback tells you how well you are doing, and whether you need to make any adjustments to achieving that goal.

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Ten Laws of Change Management

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It is a fact: Everything changes. The world is in a constant state of change. It is vital that you are equipped to deal with change positively, in order to make adaptive adjustments to your plans for your future success.

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Why Do People Hate Change?

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Humans find change difficult. Fundamentally, we are creatures of habit. We operate according to habits which we repeat every day and we find it difficult to change our habits, even our bad habits.

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Why Won't People Accept Change?

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Why won't people accept change, even when they can see that what they are doing does not bring them what they want?

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Change Should be an Evolution, Not a Revolution

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People find it hard to accept change. But for organisations and ourselves to adapt and improve, change is necessary. Change doesn't have to be revolutionary, it can in fact evolutionary. Well organised and well paced.

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A New Vision for Britain

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Theresa May promised at the Conservative conference that "a change has got to come" as she outlined her vision for Britain. This new vision will require a radical change in thinking.

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How can I Get People to Change?

7 July 2014

How can you get people to change? It is clear that you need to improve the current system you are using at work; and that means that you need people to change what they are doing and adopt the new system. But the problem is that most people don't like change

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What is the Difference Between Change Management and Continuous Improvement

15 November 2013

The difference between change management and continuous improvement Some people get two similar concepts confused. And to be in a state of confusion is not good. It is important to define your major concepts. Let us therefore clarify the meaning and the differences between. Change management and Continuous improvement 1. Change

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Management Training: Continuous Improvement Cycle

10 April 2013

Management training: Continuous improvement cycle The role of a manager is to induce the best performance from the team. If the manager is not inducing a better performance from the team, than what the team would have achieved if the manager was not there, then the manager is superfluous to need

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Continuous Improvement and Change Management

26 March 2013

Continuous improvement and change management Here is an interesting question: What must we do in order to improve the current situation? Let me make an assumption about your current situation. You would like it to be better. Everyone wants, and some of us need to improve on the current situation. If

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Change Management Training - Universal Principles

22 March 2013

Change management training How well are you doing when compared against your performance at the same time last year? How well are you doing when compared against your goals that you had set for yourself? How well are you doing when compared against Perfection? Here is another question: What must you

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Leadership Training - the Universal Success Formula

12 November 2012

The Universal Success Formula We all want to be more successful. But how does one do that? Answer: Be guided by "success principles". What are success principles? Success principles are a set of generalised instructions that lay down the steps that you need to take, in order to achieve a certain

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Leadership Training - Continuous Improvement

24 August 2012

Continuous improvement Continuous improvement is a system of thought based on the idea that, no matter what the current situation is, improvement is always possible- and therefore should be made. Continuous improvement is a rejection of pessimism. Continuous improvement is a rejection of stagnation. Continuous improvement is a rejection of accepting

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Change Management - Change is Inevitable

20 January 2012

Change management - Change is inevitable "You can't step into the same river twice". Means that change is always with us. Yet many people are troubled by change. Why is that? The reason is, that we are always running habitual "mental routines": habits; Habit patterns of thought and action. You have

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Effectively Manage Change

6 January 2012

Effectively manage change Change management training is something that many people are interested in right now. Why is change management training the object of such recent interest? Because most people will have to learn how to effectively manage change; and yet most people hate change! Change management training is important Change

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Change - If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It

13 May 2011

Change management training - If it ain't broke, don't fix it is incorrect Many people fight change. The reason for that is that change implies uncertainty. And the human mind does not like being uncertain. Hence, many will put up with circumstances they DO NOT like, for fear of making a

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