Change Whisperer – Gail Severini, Symphini Change Management Inc.

Change Management Conferences 2012

There are great conferences every year on Change Management.  These are opportunities to immerse yourself in the strategic, organizational development and design as well as project management approaches to implementing change, and bringing people along responsibly and expeditiously.

This is also where advancements in Change Management thinking are showcased.  No discipline is static and for organizations who recognize that the capability to be nimble is a strategic advantage these are “do not miss” events.
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Do some strategies require more of us than others? Changes That Matter

Do some of the strategies that we work on matter more than others? This is not to discount the importance of any strategy that an enterprise chooses to invest in.  However, as an example to make the case more directly:  when lives, livelihoods and quality of life are directly on the line, do these changes require more of us (inspire us more)?  If your personal approach allows for such a value judgment do you bring yourself to such work differently? Along the same lines, I find it intriguing that so many of us are compelled to do pro bono work for non-profits and charities – seems to me that this work has different dimensions.

Earlier this year our Chairman, Daryl Conner, was asked to do a keynote for the first global conference of the Association of Change Management Practitioners.  He chose to discuss “The Why Behind What We Do”.  He asked us all to consider three questions:

  1. Why do we do what we do?
  2. Do we make a difference?
  3. Are we living up to our responsibilities?

As I reflected on the types of changes I have worked on I realized that they were qualitatively different and their unique dimensions required, and inspired, different responses from me.  Understanding the differences has focused my approach and requires me to constantly invest in getting better at this pivotal discipline. I believe our Change Management work often makes a difference in the success rates of critical strategic initiatives that impact the enterprise, the community and often even the economy.  This suggests a higher order of responsibility of diligence on these Changes That Matter.
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