Change Whisperer – Gail Severini, Symphini Change Management Inc.


Change Management Conferences 2016 – Eating our own dog food

Dog tastes delicious foodIf it seems like change is endless … well it is endless.  Maybe we should think of it as evolution instead.

For the last 5 or so years the general theme has been “we live in a VUCA world, how can we change faster?”

Hopefully in the coming years we will adapt our own view towards “Embrace ‘new normal’ – let’s adapt our organizations accordingly”.

Will we eat our own dog food?  What are the trends and hot topics this year?  Check out the conference agendas listed below.  

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Exclusive Preview: “Exploring the relationship between OD and CM” Wiley publishes Oct 19th

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”—Audre Lorde

Practicing Organization Development 4th Edition cover

Beneath the surface of professional dialogue there are a few hot “political” topics.

A while ago I stumbled onto an online discussion between Organization Development (OD) practitioners.

This suddenly explained the guardedness that I experienced in conversations with “them” around Change Management (CM). continue reading here



Multiplying the power of thought partners to super-charge your strategy

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”―Jim Rohn

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I often have the opportunity to think together with colleagues and clients.

You do too, I am sure.  Sometimes it is to plan or solve an issue or even just to chat over a friendly coffee comparing notes on our profession.

The power of the “mind meld” 

However, really thinking together, which my friend Bill Braun describes as “moving along together in thought”, is rare. continue reading here



New !! Model to understand Strategy Execution success

Outperfom model Gail SeveriniWhat comes after radio silence?

Something new.

It has been several weeks since I provided a blog post – I hope you have missed me a little and I hope the wait is worth it.

I am in the process of developing and publishing a new model to better understand Strategy Execution and what is required for success.

Here is the first public presentation, embedded in a presentation to The Conference Board of Canada’s annual Change Management conference on the topic “Is Change Management tactical or strategic?”.  Lots more coming.

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Insights in Change Management—Interview with Kimberlee Williams, CEO ignitem (Part 2 of 3)

7 critical elements Kimberlee Williams Ignitem.wmfChange management practitioners are in the fray of turning strategy into ROI. This often feels like nailing Jell-O on the wall, but seasoned practitioners have insights that the rest of us can benefit from.

This is a continuation of the interview with Kimberlee Williams, CEO, ignitem. For Part 1 please click here and Part 3 here.

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Insights in Change Management—Interview with Kimberlee Williams, CEO, ignitem (Part 1 of 3)

Kimberlee WilliamsWho knows more about change management than practitioners in the trenches? These are professionals who are vested in helping organizations achieve the promises to the Board (the strategy, “the change”) and who have dedicated their careers to figuring out how to do this well.

In this series, Insights in Change Management, we will hear the voices of these professionals.

Kimberlee Williams is the voice of global business professionals driving performance through transformation and change. She’s worked with companies in 18 industries, often during ambiguous, distressed, and difficult periods in their histories.

As Head of Global Change Execution in Merck’s Strategy Office, she pioneered strategy execution and change leadership by accelerating critical initiatives, building sustainable skills in the $46B/50,000-employee base, and guiding an informal community of thousands of change agents who enabled $3.5B in savings.

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Advances in Strategy Execution

There have been three important developments in the last six months that we should all take note of:

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