This Week’s Best in Change Management and Innovation:28th November 2015
As you can imagine, I spend a fair amount of time keeping up with changes and challenges faced by industry and business in the fields of change management and innovation. So I’m constantly on the lookout for information and news that may impact behaviour and best practice across organisations.
Here’s a pick of what I’ve been attracted to this week:
Why does the Australian War Memorial ignore the frontier war? … Among his many achievements is his project management of the Tomb of the Unknown .
Western Australia’s Fiona Stanley Hospital is still struggling to overcome serious … of scheduling and project management issues in the lead‐up to its launch.
At a time of a low Australian dollar and an excess of engineering andproject management skills from the slowing oil and gas and mining sectors, this is short …
… the Auditor General in the State of Victoria in Australia recently did, that there is … it is the same classic project management error called concurrency – starting …
A new report by the Australian Council of Learned Academics (ACOLA) has identified there is a link between developing national policies and programs and a …
Australia lags behind other countries on innovation because of an “inward looking” corporate mentality, according to a major new report that finds four in ten …
Ahead of the release of the government’s Innovation Statement expected in early December, Mr Penn said Australia could consider focusing on four areas to …
Australia’s quest to develop a stronger innovation ecosystem has seen a growing focus on the income tax system, and whether it should be used as a lever to …
Where My Words Have Travelled
I publish around the place from time to time. Here’s the latest:
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are the subject of a lot debate in the blogosphere. Will they be a disruptive technology for universities? Will they take over the trainer’s job in corporate organizations?
From a higher education perspective, it’s easy to see the selling point for students
In 1987 Paul O’Neill became the CEO of Alcoa. Taking over the helm of a company usually means making grand statements about finances, about cutting costs, and change the investment priorities. But what O’Neill did at his first investor press conference was a little different.
To improve productivity in organizations you need only get leaders out in the field
The controversial Koch brothers wrote a book called the Science of Success (2007). I don’t recommend you read it as it’s one of those books that successful people write where they think they were successful because of these management techniques, whereas it’s more likely that because they were successful they could try out these management techniques (fads of the day?).
According to the ASTD’s 2013 State of the Industry Report, U.S. organizations spent $164.2 billion on employee learning and development in 2012. The report does a good job of categorizing and classifying expenditure. But what about ROI? How can managers structure training to ensure a positive ROI?
How often have you rolled out a new IT project that failed to deliver the desired benefits? Most projects fail to deliver benefits because of poor change management. Little to no attention is paid to the people side.
From the Vault
In my last article, I wrote about the negative and positive impacts of having the right project sponsor heading a change management effort. Peter Kearney was selected as the project sponsor for the implementation of a computerised trading and back office system. The success of this project was undoubtedly a contributor to Smith New Court’s continued dominance of stock trading in London at that time, and its eventual merger with Merrill Lynch.
When a company experiences a period of change, the effectiveness of the change project will rely on several factors, stretching from change strategy through planning on the way to execution. One of the major elements of successful change is that it will have been overseen by consistent and committed leadership. Where leadership fails, so too will the change project. A high profile example of this failure currently in the news is the United Kingdom’s Border Force. In fact, it has rarely been out of the news since its own change project was initiated more than two years ago.