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LearnNow: Change Management

5 Rapid Retooling Tips

60 Second Change Speech

If you asked your team what the business context is for the changes you are leading, would everyone say the same thing and would it be correct?  If not, you need a short, clear message to educate and inspire your employees.  Think about a change you are leading and write down the answers to these questions: Why are the changes happening?  What specifically is changing?  What in their world is NOT changing?  Practice this speech to get it down to 60 seconds or less.  Then start spreading the word.

This tip was provided by Lawrence Polsky, managing partner of Teams of Distinction and Antoine Gerschel, co-founder of Teams of Distinction, facilitators of ATD LearnNow: Change Management workshop.


Embarrass Yourself Daily

In the pursuit of innovation it is important to push limits.  As a leader, do you?  We encourage you to everyday, do something that make you uncomfortable. Think of an area in work where you wish you took more risks.  Maybe it is voicing your opinion in a way you haven’t, asking questions you haven’t, trying new approaches, having more fun with your team. Whatever it is, find one small thing today, and everyday that pushes you to be more, do more, create more.  This is the first step to getting your employees to take more risks, have more fun and increase innovation.

This tip was provided by Lawrence Polsky, managing partner of Teams of Distinction and Antoine Gerschel, co-founder of Teams of Distinction, facilitators of ATD LearnNow: Change Management workshop.


Break Down Silos

We live a world of social networks, permanent reachability, easy travel, and yet, establishing productive trustful relationships has become more and more of a challenge. Technology does not automatically contribute to reduction of boundaries.  In fact, without human connection, business relationships will not thrive. Here’s a small step forward:  Identify a key person you work with that you don’t see (beyond email) as much as you like. Brainstorm a list of all the ways that you can build a better human connection via email, phone, video chat, etc.  Then start implementing one a week and watch the silos start to dissolve.

This tip was provided by Lawrence Polsky, managing partner of Teams of Distinction and Antoine Gerschel, co-founder of Teams of Distinction, facilitators of ATD LearnNow: Change Management workshop.


Give a Eulogy

We all know that change is like a death.  The death of the old, and the birth of something knew.  Yet many people hold onto the old, unable to emotionally move forward to the new.  One way to help with this, is to use an approach that most people use in their personal lives when someone dies: a eulogy.  A eulogy highlights all the great things that the person was and did in their life.  Processing this helps people move on.  Have your team write a eulogy for the old organizational system/process/people that are gone.  Tell them to have fun with it, highlight all the ‘good old days’ that they will now miss with the new changes being implemented.  We guarantee they will come to work the next day, reborn.

This tip was provided by Lawrence Polsky, managing partner of Teams of Distinction and Antoine Gerschel, co-founder of Teams of Distinction, facilitators of ATD LearnNow: Change Management workshop. www.td.org/changetip


Kill the Sharks in the Water of Change

In the movie Jaws, everyone is scared to swim because they know, somewhere under the water is a shark that can attack.  Change is the same way.  There are sharks swimming around in the minds and hearts of people that threaten the change success.  They paralyze people and kill change.  Have your team brainstorm a list of all the processes, systems, people and attitudes that, if not addressed, can kill the change.  This in itself is very therapeutic.  Take it a step further and have them prioritize the top sharks. Then work together to come up with action steps to kill or cage those sharks so they don’t kill the change!

This tip was provided by Lawrence Polsky, managing partner of Teams of Distinction and Antoine Gerschel, co-founder of Teams of Distinction, facilitators of ATD LearnNow: Change Management workshop.

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