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Month: June 2022

Launch Anxiety is Normal

Launch Anxiety is Normal

You’ve spent months discovering, designing, configuring and testing a tool – it’s all gone according to plan, and you’re ready to launch. And then it happens. You start thinking. Over and over. Is it ready? I’m not sure. Maybe we should do more testing. What about that one scenario that I just made up that has become super important – did we test that? Did everyone get enough training? Bob was out. What about Bob? Bob’s a terrific guy. Did…

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Organizational Change Potential – Capacity to Translate to Execution

Organizational Change Potential – Capacity to Translate to Execution

Part 4 of 5: Continued from a Previous post There are four common areas to address when preparing to implement change in your organization: Pressure for Change A Shared Vision A Capacity to Translate to Execution A Realistic Workplan Let’s talk about the Capacity to Translate to Execution. What does a Capacity to Translate to Execution mean? From the book – A Beautiful Constraint (Source: &Strategy – adapted by Michael Hay): We need some confidence that we have the capability…

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When Busy Collides – Remember What’s Important

When Busy Collides – Remember What’s Important

I ran into a situation that I’m certain happens to so many remote workers. The other day, I was on my 10th straight work call of the day when my 6-year-old daughter, Esme, returned from camp. It was clear from the stomping around that she needed attention, but I had not scheduled any breaks to be with her. At some point, she came into my office and dropped this note “Play with me. Love, Esme” This note was the beginning…

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Organizational Change Potential – A Shared Vision

Organizational Change Potential – A Shared Vision

Part 3 of 5: Continued from a Previous post There are four common areas to address when preparing to implement change in your Organization: Pressure for Change A Shared Vision A Capacity to Translate to Execution A Realistic Workplan Let’s talk about a Shared Vision.   What does having a Shared Vision mean? From the book – A Beautiful Constraint (Source: &Strategy – adapted by Michael Hay): We need a view of where we want to go, and why, which…

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How to Treat your End Users

How to Treat your End Users

When implementing technology – it’s easy to forget this point: Your end users are your customers. If you treat them like your customers and thrill them, they’ll tell everyone! If you don’t – they’ll tell everyone! The above may seem obvious, but it doesn’t take more than five minutes searching the terms “Failed Implementation” to see that it isn’t that obvious. Many failed implementations are focused not on the end-users but on the stakeholders. Software implementations configured for stakeholders do…

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Organizational Change Potential – Pressure for Change

Organizational Change Potential – Pressure for Change

Part 2 of 5: Continued from a Previous post There are four common areas to address when preparing to implement change in your organization: Pressure for Change A Shared Vision A Capacity to Translate to Execution A Realistic Workplan Let’s talk about the Pressure for Change.   What does Pressure for Change mean? From the book – A Beautiful Constraint (Source: &Strategy – adapted by Michael Hay): To create the will to change, we first need the pressure to change….

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Book Review: Anything You Want

Book Review: Anything You Want

The best part of Derek Sivers’ book is, well, Derek Sivers. That and this book is a crazy fast read. You can read it in about an hour. In Anything You Want, Derek shares stories and principles that he learned from the creation, growth, and ultimate decision to sell CDBaby. There are four sections that I’d like to highlight that may have some relevance to your world. 1. It’s about being, not having In Anything You Want, Derek talks about prioritizing a…

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Organizational Change Potential – How to Assess

Organizational Change Potential – How to Assess

Part 1 of 5 When you first commit to taking on a technological change, you’ll need to start somewhere to ensure it’s a success. In the book, A Beautiful Constraint – there is a diagram that references that may help as a starting reference. The chart helps assess whether your company is ready for change. It is particularly relevant to a large organization that bought a new software solution to drive digital transformation. Here’s how to read it regarding software implementation…

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Implementation Ethics – Rule #6

Implementation Ethics – Rule #6

If you’ve ever implemented software, you’ve likely come up with a few rules to follow. I mean, of course, you have. You can’t possibly aim to learn the same lesson repeatedly. However, one rule that I try to follow in every implementation is easy to remember. Rule #6: Don’t be an asshole. In the book “The Art of Possibility” by Rosamund Stone Zander and Ben Zander, they paint a picture of how to get out of your own damn way…

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