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Dispatch from the 2017 Association of Change Management Professionals Conference

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My first time in New Orleans didn’t disappoint! The annual conference of the Association of Change Management Professionals was lively, friendly, and fun. Didn’t attend? Scroll down for my take on what was new and hot at the 2017 conference. Prefer visuals to text?

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The Inside Scoop on the International Association of Business Communicators Conference

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In June, I traveled to Washington, DC for my first International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) conference. I discovered the organization several years ago when they invited me to write an article for their flagship e-magazine, Communication World.

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Getting the Message Across: Five Levels of Change Communications

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You told them… and they did the opposite. You told them… and they ignored what you said. You told them… and they got it. People often tell me that change communications are the most challenging implementation task. Everyone knows that communication is necessary.

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Being Better: Strategic Leadership for Business Ecosystems

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Adaptive Business Ecosystems. Image from the Alliance for Business Innovation. If you live in a regulated monopoly, feel free to skip this post and go play golf. For the rest of you, here’s something important that you probably need to hear again: Today’s successes are not individual successes.

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Networking for Introverts: A Starter List of Tips & Techniques

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Introvert v. Extrovert. Image by Jeff Wysaski. I recently wrote about how we need to rethink networking : what it is and why we do it. I confessed that I am, in fact, an introvert and that I force myself to get through large-scale, cocktail-style, traditional networking events.

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Building Your Network: Making It Work with Your Boss

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Is your biggest networking problem your boss? Read this article for tips and techniques on how to network with your boss. Ropes – fotobydave flickr. The relationship with your boss is one of the most important in the workplace.

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How to Help Managers Lead Change

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Image: Lindsay Phillips on We’re undergoing significant change and I can’t be everywhere. What can I do to help my managers lead change? Always Do This. Make sure your managers always know what’s going on. That significant change is just one item on their very full plates.

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How to Network at a Social Event When You Don’t Know Anyone

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Image by Vincent Fournier for Henkel Advertising. Social events can be extremely anxiety-provoking for introverts. Walk into a room where I know no one? Make small talk over canapés? Can’t I just go to hell instead? Never fear, introverts: we can do this. Here’s how to network at a social event.

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Four Rules of Leadership for Tough Times

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Thank you cards sent to leader Irene Brank after the division closed. The leaders knew bad news was coming as early as 2002. As with many other companies, First Allmerica Financial had been damaged by the post-9/11 stock market plunge.

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Change Leadership Challenge 4: Meaningful Employee Participation

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This is the fourth in a series of posts about change leadership. Previous posts covered active, committed leadership , building a compelling business case , and embedding change. Meaningful employee participation is important during change. Image of Habitat for Humanity by SandiaLabs on flickr.

New Leadership Tools: Finding Direction through Network Maps: Mini Case #1

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Companies create organization charts that show hierarchies and reporting relationships. But work rarely gets done as it appears on an org chart. Instead, people operate through networks: informal webs of relationships that people instinctively form in the workplace.

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Large Group Ice Breakers: Free Twenty Questions Activity

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Image by Sheila Swan-Scot on flickr. Effective large group ice breakers can be hard to find. I’ve often see leaders simply blow off the initial icebreaker as a waste of time since it’s so hard to find a short, engaging, helpful activity.

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Go Slow to Go Fast: Make Your Next Change Initiative Fly

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Tortoise & Hare – Chris Hendricks on Ah, the satisfaction of getting things done. Like many others, I have a very long “to do” list. Nothing makes me happier than whittling down that list or knocking off the last item of the day.

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Trust Falls at Work… Seriously? Trust in the Workplace

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“I Trust You” video by RossCreations. I talk with a lot of people about networks. I tell them that, at the very root of the matter, networks are about trust.

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How to Escape Endless Networking Conversations

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Image from Heath Lowrance. Another entry in our ongoing series on Networking Tips.~~. She just won’t stop talking.

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Change Leadership Challenge 3: Embedding Change

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This is the third in a series of posts about change leadership. Previous posts covered active, committed leadership and building a compelling business case . Embed your change in to the fabric of your organization. Image: Johntrathome on flickr.

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Change Leadership Challenge 1: Active, Committed Leadership

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This is the first in a series of posts about change leadership. Image from the Boston Public Library. Today’s executives have a great responsibility to enact change.

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Becoming a Strategic HR Professional

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~~ One in an intermittent series about strategic HR. If you have a fantastic story of strategic HR you’d like to see featured here, let me know ! ~~. I’ve talked with many people about what strategic HR means. Most people seem confused. “It’s It’s having a seat at the table,” say some.

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Two Leadership Rules for the Networked World

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Image from We have a problem. Most of us are using old leadership techniques that no longer work. Here’s a case in point. I met Cyrus a few years back. He was a manager who insisted on being involved in every decision that concerned his department.

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Who You Calling Virtual? Leading a Virtual Team

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It’s not about the virtual, it’s about the team. Let’s get one thing out of the way: there’s no such thing as a virtual team. They’re only called virtual teams because members are distributed across organization boundaries, time zones, and countries.

Change Leadership Challenge 2: Compelling Business Case

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This is the second in a series of posts about change leadership. The previous post covered active, committed leadership. What motivates you to change? I’m pretty easy; cake does the trick. Image by YvonneL on flickr.

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The Power Five: Better Decisions through Strategic Questions

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People are always looking for their magic wand: a miraculous tool that will immediately and painlessly improve the problem at hand. I haven’t found a magic wand yet. But this tool is the closest I’ve found so far. Magic Wand Image: photophilde on flickr.

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Networking for Dummies: 4 Habits Your Contacts Hate

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Networking for Dummies: 4 Habits Your Contacts Hate. Networking not working? Here are four common sins, and suggestions for mending your ways before another valuable connection is lost. I attend a lot of networking events –so many that I can now spot a disingenuous, disinterested, unsuccessful networker from across the room. And I’m not alone in my avoidance of those people. Here are four common networking mistakes, and strategies for making more meaningful connections moving forward.

Primer on Organization Network Dynamics & Analysis

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We know that networks exist. But what we haven’t known until recently is how to work with them. A new article helps leaders understand just how to do so. The new NTL Handbook of Organization Development and Change features thirty-four chapters designed to help leaders and practitioners bring about meaningful change in organizations. Partnering Resources’ founder Maya Townsend contributed “Organization Network Dynamics and Analysis” to the book.

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Strategy & Resilience Take Center Stage at Partnering Resources

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Image: Nicole on flickr. Organization survival today depends on recognizing and adapting to business environments that bear little resemblance to what we saw five or even three years ago.

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Change Leadership Challenge 5: Use Networks for Change

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Image from This is the fifth in a series of posts about change leadership. Previous posts covered active, committed leadership , building a compelling business case , embedding change , and meaningful employee participation. “I’ll I’ll tell you how communication really works around here,” the data architect told me over coffee. Jeff, Susan, and Ramesh make a decision. I play video games with Jeff during lunch and get the scoop. Then I tell the other architects.”.

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3 Ways to Supercharge Your Onboarding Process

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3 Ways to Supercharge Your Onboarding Process. They were hired with good intentions, but they never really fit in. Their fault? Think again. If your company is like most, your onboarding process is a big part of the problem. Remember your first day on the job? You probably made some judgments right away about the company and your decision to work there. Your employees do the same.

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Getting Ahead of the Curve: Workforce Planning to Anticipate Talent Gaps

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Mind the Talent Gaps. Image by limaoscarjuliet on flickr. People have been predicting boomer brain drain for years. In 2008, a SHRM / AARP study warned about the impending brain drain. Yet, companies haven’t been too worried , partially because the economy has made it impossible for people to leave.

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Three Jobs of the Change Leader

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The sixth in the Tried & True Series: Trusted Models that Stand the Test of Time. Three things. That’s all you really need to do to be a successful change leader. It’s surprising to think that the job could be so easy.

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Three Ways Human Networks Can Help Drive Change

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The technology vice president of a local financial services company was frustrated. A bottom-line strategy depended on the success of a recent reorganization. Unfortunately, the reorganization was not generating the expected results.

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An Open Letter to Project Managers, the New Rock Stars

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First things first: Project managers rock. You grease the wheels, pacify the resisters, solve impossible problems, and keep things going when everyone else wants to quit. You save our butts every day, and I thank you for it. Here’s the thing, though. You’re shooting yourselves in the foot with the heroics. Yes, it’s fun to play Superman or Superwoman and fly in at the 11th hour to save the day.

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“If Everyone Jumps, Do You Jump Too?”: Using Social Ties for Change Leadership

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The positive side of peer pressure. Image by ClickFlashPhotos / Nicki Varkevisser on flickr. It’s 1981 and I want nothing more than to own a pair of designer Jordache jeans. My mother thinks they’re too expensive. But,” I complain, “All of my friends have them.”

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Restructure This: Why Shuffling Your Org Chart Won’t Bring Real Change

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Restructure This! Organizations aren’t machines. So stop treating them like they are when you introduce change. Here’s a more human approach with sticking power. This post, Restructure This: Why Shuffling Your Org Chart Won’t Bring Real Change , just went live on Check it out! The post Restructure This: Why Shuffling Your Org Chart Won’t Bring Real Change appeared first on Partnering Resources. Leadership Strategy

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Visions of Business Ecosystems

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Incredible complexity. So many moving parts. Almost impossible to fully understand and depict. These are all descriptions of business ecosystems. Yet people continue to try to understand the big picture—their environment—and how it affects their companies. There’s good reason to do so.

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Three Networking Types: People You’ll Meet while Searching For Your Next Job

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At Partnering Resources, we prefer to talk about networking as an ongoing activity, not just as something people do when they need a new job.

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Bringing Innovation to HR Strategy: Highlights of the 2013 SHRM Strategy Conference

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We’re living in a VUCA world, said Dr. Tom Hogan at the 2013 SHRM Strategy conference. And, indeed, that was the talk of the conference. VUCA stands for volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous.

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What are Business Ecosystems?

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Business Ecosystem Model developed by Dr. James F. Moore. I recently wrote about business ecosystems, adaptability, and change leadership. This post takes us back to the basics: what are business ecosystems?

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Curing Business Ecosystems Blindness

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Evolution into business ecosystems. Image by Dion Hinchcliffe, Dachis Group. Business ecosystems are complex and ever-changing. New companies enter, exit, and take on different roles constantly. So it’s impossible to fully map an ecosystem.

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Predictable Success, Truth Telling, Dealmakers, and Ecosystems: Highlights from the Inc 5000 Conference

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Inc 5000 was the highest energy conference I’ve ever attended. The power in the room was palpable: these entrepreneurs, builders of the fastest growing companies in America, have created the truly wonderful out of nothing.

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Are You Solving the Right Problem?

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Problems come in many shapes and sizes. Some are small (“I can’t find space for my 2pm meeting”). Others are large (“I can’t get forty coalition members to agree on goals”). All have the capacity to drive you nuts, especially if you’re not solving problems using the right tools.

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