Change Management

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Strategic Innovation for the Win

What we should learn from Disney’s “Innovate or Die”

As a business owner, you expect change to happen.  As a matter of fact, the only thing in business that stays the same is the need to change—especially in the face of a global pandemic. As product availability, buyer habits, staffing, and distribution changes rapidly in response to or in anticipation of the external environment, business owners need to be agile.

In the period of economic and environmental uncertainty, business agility is not just a strategic advantage. It is a requirement for survival.

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Leadership Tactics in a Time of Crisis

Effective leadership is rapidly becoming essential as the coronavirus causes unforeseen changes within businesses across the U.S. As ABC News recently reported, more businesses are mandating employees work from home.  Managing a virtual workforce in the best of times takes great leadership skills.  During turbulent times such as these, it’s even more important to direct your staff and run the business well to reduce the chance of negatively affecting the bottom line or your customer base.

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Change Management Models for Small Businesses

There are several recognized models for change management. Each model has its benefits and its sacrifices. Each model can, in effect, be tailored to a business and its leadership as indicated by Grant Shaw in his article 4 Change Management Models for Your Small Business. Some models have value as a communication tool to choreograph large-scale organizational change. This is useful during business process re-design/restructuring or if a company is re-branding. Others have value as an outline to structure continuous or targeted changes that happen on a much smaller scale. An example would be transforming the function of a specific department within a larger company.
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How do Entrepreneurial Businesses Harness Change? | Extraordinary Business

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There is a basic principle of change management that applies to both large and small companies – some people will embrace change while others will resist it. When faced with change, small business owners have the added pressure of having limited resources which means that making good decisions about investing in change is critical. There is not much room to make poor strategic decisions when managing any small business, let alone when purposefully making a change within the company. Quite often, change management in small businesses is unsuccessful because there is a lack of communication and follow through with a change management plan, according to Robert Half, a specialized staffing firm. There are several tips that will help small businesses harness change so that they can get a competitive advantage in their market.
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How Do You Start Changing – Using Change Management Plan as A Strategic Tool | Extraordinary Business

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There is a process for translating change as an abstract thought into a management tool. This process has been recreated over the years as the needs of businesses have changed and evolved. However, there are still basic stages of change, once it’s actively engaged, which have remained consistent. The following is an outline of the change management process.
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The Value of Change Management | Extraordinary Business

The Value of Change Management

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Change is inevitable. It’s going to happen. Managing change enables businesses to transform profits by transforming the mindset of business owners and employees from that of victimization to one of empowerment. Quite simply, managing the change that happens to a business is the simplest strategic step to take. Change can be “managed” by being strategic, deciding what changes to make and how to make them within the existing organizational structure. What is special about taking a proactive, empowered approach to managing change is that change is done successfully. A successful change can be defined by the value it creates for the organization. Change management creates value by “addressing the people side of change” as businesses adjust to new organizational norms created by making decisions (Creasy, 2017).
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Harnessing Change: A Blog Series to Transform Change Into Strategy | Extraordinary Business

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Change Is Inevitable

Have you ever recognized a need to change something in your business but don’t know where to start? When your business is right at the cusp of growing beyond your control, do you wonder how to start adjusting to growth? Do you ever feel like you are constantly catching up with the rest of the business world or your customers? These are all common issues that can be solved by learning how to manage change in your business. This blog series will address some of the main ideas, solutions, tools, and strategies for adjusting to change. An overview of the upcoming series is below.  We look forward to sharing it with you.
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Upgrades! If You Buy it…Will They Use it? | Extraordinary Business

Challenges with getting your team to adopt your new software solutions

Change Management in ITAfter investing the lion’s share of cash and time to source, customize and implement the latest, greatest be-all-to-end-all solution for your company, you find that your people still aren’t using it, or at least, aren’t using it to a level where you can see a return on your investment.  You don’t get it.  You stand there, scratching your head, not knowing whether to scream, have one-on-one counseling, provide additional training, or just let it go.
Having done a number of CRM and Business Management installations, this is a challenge that many business leaders face when doing a software implementation.  Sure – it is a good idea.  If used, the solution will probably enable you to run your business more efficiently, give you some idea of predicting leads, project expenses, managing productivity and other business critical analytics.  Unfortunately, this struggle is a typical change management issue, wherein different groups of people will approach change in different ways.
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