Change Context: Why it matters and how to use it to tailor your change management approach.

Although it would be terribly convenient, most change implementations do not operate in a bubble sealed off from outside influences. That’s why it’s important to consider how contextual factors may influence your change effort. In this article, I discuss how to analyze your context and use your findings to tailor your change management approach to your current environment.

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Governance — why you need more than a RACI and Decision Rights template to get it right. [Examples and Tools]

When it comes to roles and decision-making on change projects, people often like to keep things fuzzy...it takes more than a template to change that. In this article, I review the evidence linking governance with success, as well as provide models and tips to help you align your governance approach to your context. 

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HARD LESSONS: Helping your team learn from failure. [Facilitation Guide]

Especially during challenging times, team learning requires honest reflection to identify team behaviors or practices that may be contributing to poor performance. Such conversations can be tricky to facilitate and, for that reason, are often skipped. Don't miss your opportunity to help your team uncover learning that can transform its performance. Here's one way to do it. 

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Improving Teamwork: 9 Things to Consider

Those of us involved in implementation understand intuitively how critical collective effort is for success. That said, as practitioners, we may not have a firm grounding in what it is, exactly, that helps or inhibits teamwork.  If that's the case for you, read on!  In this post, we highlight nine factors to consider when working to build an effective team. 

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Employee Participation (Part II): Practical tips for facilitating productive participation.

Employee participation in change efforts is associated with a variety of benefits, but it's not without its complexities. Productive participation takes skill on the part of the change leader/facilitator and participant. The best way to build this skill is through experience.  So in this post, Part II of our review on participation & change, we provide tips and resources on various participatory methods that you can incorporate into your next change effort. 

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Quick Take: What common practice has been found to increase team performance by 20%?

When you reach a milestone on your project, program or implementation effort, do you gather your team for a reflective review of your experience to date…or do you skip the lessons learned and move on to the next task?  If you tend to skip the debrief, or do a cursory job of it, research shows you may be missing out on a relatively low-cost source of improved team performance.

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