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The five major theories of how people "learn": a synopsis

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Key behaviourist thinkers including Thorndike, Pavlov and Skinner have hypothesized that learning is a change in observable behaviour caused by external stimuli in the environment.

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The 10 Key Principles of Change Management

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Over the last 6 months I have been designing, testing and piloting an exciting new Change Management Game for leaders and teams which lets them experience what it is like to lead a complete 9-month change management project over the course of a single day.

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High performance leadership/decisions: business game findings

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Finding 1: Top Performers avoided the "Presumption of change is good" trap. It is amazing that almost all new leaders focus on what they need to change but not what they need to preserve. What to change is only part of the challenge and for whatever reason (ego, identity, peer pressure.)

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A Leaders Guide to creating High Performing Teams (HPTs)

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A unique aspect of the framework is that it integrates both individual team member change management work and whole team process development work. I am pleased to release a new white paper " A Leaders Guide to creating High Performing Teams (HPTs) ".

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White Label Online Change Management Game (cohort) from Bioteams Design

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Bioteams readers might be interested to know that I have just launched Cohort - an Online Change Management Game which challenges players to explore different strategies to gain the support of a group of senior executives for a major change initiative.

Four rules for collaborating well in meetings

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Speech Acts are part of a popular change management discipline known as Commitment Based Management which is used to improve the way people manage their promises in organisations.

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Instant Customer Data Analysis using Excel: worked example

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We now extend our analysis to include the time dimension to see how things change over time. One of the most useful aspects of Microsoft Excel is its ability to quickly slice and dice customer data from live systems to identify important trends and behaviors which can inform strategy.

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The End of Management and the Rise of Bioteams

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Bioteams: Learning from Nature to improve Project Management

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Keywords: Biomimicry, Bioteams, Management, Organizational change, work teams, Virtual enterprise networks. Human subsistence could be at serious risk if development vision is not changed radically, along with design, products' life cycles and material's sources.

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Workforce Democracy: Put heart back in the workplace

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Mark Dowds , from Brainpark , is a leading thinker and practitioner in the emerging area of Workforce Democracy - an innovation which is beginning to radically change work places by replacing 'command and control' with self-organisation.

Bioteams and the beliefs of high performing teams

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Flexibility/Unexpected Change Mgt. Such a diagnostic could be very complimentary to other quantitative predictors of team/project performance such as the DICE Method described in The Hard Side of Change Management by Hal Sirkin, Perry Keenan and Alan Jackson of Boston Consulting Group. Learned Optimism - How to change your mind and your life , Free Press. Team Beliefs are the fuel which can really energise or kill team effectiveness.

The Customer is not always right you know!

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I cannot change the colour. Last night I asked my 12-year old son Jamie to design a logo for a new idea I had. He came up with a neat three cogs logo on the theme "The whole is greater than the sum of the parts". However the process was somewhat fraught.

Creating Values/Behaviour Questionnaires for Leadership Devel

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C3: a new approach to Collaborative Project Management

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Influence (High, Medium or Low) - the degree of influence you have over them which might be a combination of your relationship with them and/or their openness to changing their positions. Changes*3.

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Gartner Research discovers bioteams and swarms

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In a press release to promote their upcoming Content and Collaboration Summit 2010 (London, UK, September 15-16) Gartner Research forecast 10 key changes in the nature of work through to 2020 centering around bioteams, swarming and connectivity. The TEN key changes Gartner forecast are: 1.

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High Performing Teams Video Course launched by Ken Thompson

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Watch Video#1 "HPTs: Their Challenges, Changes and Creation". High Performing Teams and High Performing Virtual Teams are topics very close to the heart of almost every leader irrespective of the size of their organization.

A practical framework for change - head, hearts, hands & feet

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However when you think about "Change Management" you could be excused for thinking its all about detailed road maps and large tomes of procedures and checklists. Is there a compelling reason for change - merely a good reason for change is not enough?

How the way we talk can change the way we work. and think

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I am reading an intriguing book How the way we talk can change the way we work written by two psychologists of adult learning at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Here is a short introduction written by the authors to the book How the way we talk can change the way we work.

John Kotters new book: Organisation Biomimicry goes mainstream

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I have just purchased John Kotter''s new book XLR8 ("Accelerate") which as well as reworking his previous excellent thinking on change introduces two concepts which resonate with my work - The Dual Operating System and The Big Opportunity.

New High Performing Teams Simulation Game from Bioteams Ken Thompson

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You must be very careful to introduce any process changes in a sensible sequence or you may overwhelm your new team colleagues. For example, the more you get your team members on board the easier it will be to bring process change to the team.

New Case Studies published on Bioteams Business Games

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Over 1-2 days they run their business for 3 years and as well as making all the key operational and strategic decisions also have to deal with real issues such as competitor price changes, supplier problems and misleading media stories!

From a systems perspective the UK Public Sector is totally broken!

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He suggests that to fix the current regime would require 4 fundamental systemic changes: 1. Changing the locus of control - instead of compliance people need to feel free to act in the best interests of their stakeholders.

How to assess Power and Influence: a simple but effective method

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When we are dealing with change we need to be able to make quick but robust assessments of the power/influence of the different players. This can change quickly and dramatically.

Uncover the hidden physics of your business processes

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So if you want to change the performance of the process you must understand and be able to redesign its structure to your advantage.

Poor Mental Models fail teams before they even start?

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But how do you actually change mental models? That's the bigger question and merits a whole article in itself - however hers 3 simple ideas to get you thinking: 1) You can't change mental models if you don't see them - so the first step is making espoused mental models visible.

The 15 Coolest Cases of Biomimicry

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Morphing aircraft wings which change shape. has a very good article which gives 15 excellent examples of designs inspired by nature (biomimicry or biomimetics). READ The 15 Coolest Cases of Biomimicry.

Enterprise networks drive productivity gains: New Research

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According to the new research "understanding and proactively managing information flow through communication networks is the quickest way to undertake organisational change, make improvements and increase productivity".

Virtual Teams and Communities Training Manual

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The need for Change Management in Teams. As a festive treat I am making available, totally free to Bioteams readers, my Virtual Teams and Communities Training Manual (155 pages) which I have used on a number of occasions as a comprehensive full-day workshop on this very important topic.

From Social Networking to Swarm Intelligence

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A new area of research called "complexity science" embraces the notion that an ant colony and the human brain, the stock market and Facebook all have something in common. All are complex systems, basically huge networks made up of individual components whose behavior is difficult to predict.

The Networked Enterprise and Bioteams in China

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Ken Thompson: VENs are very powerful in markets which require "Agility" (the ability to handle unexpected change well) this is becoming the norm in more and more markets today.

P2P: an introduction to Peer to Peer by Michel Bauwens

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P2P processes are not structureless , but are characterized by dynamic and changing structures which adapt themselves to phase changes. This is also why authority is widely distributed and subject to change.

Change Leadership Challenge 3: Embedding Change

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This is the third in a series of posts about change leadership. Embed your change in to the fabric of your organization. Unfortunately, employees have enough negative experiences with aborted initiatives to be cautious when leaders hype a new change. Change Navigation Leadershi

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When Context Transcends Change Management


What if everything we have been told about Change Management over the course of the last few decades was all just … plain wrong? What if research keeps telling us, over and over again, how ’ most change efforts fail ’ ? Do we still think that organisations can change?

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Change Experts’ Change Challenge

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What are the impediments to scaling change strategies to address the global breadth and transformational depth of critical issues? Conversations at MIT and Oxford meetings in October, and discussions over the past few months with large system change experts , … Blog Change

From Change Initiatives to Change Systems

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Global change systems are evolving all around us. But is there a way to strengthen them and speed the pace of transformation to address critical issues of health, climate and poverty? In Milan last week a dozen people met for … Net Dev

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Five Large Systems Change Trends

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Anyone working on big change issues should have an eye to mega system changes. Five of these are laid out as the basis for optimistic directions – the megatrends to ride and amplify – in Thinking the Twenty-First Century: Ideas … Change

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Dispatch from the 2017 Association of Change Management Professionals Conference

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The annual conference of the Association of Change Management Professionals was lively, friendly, and fun. What’s Hot: Using Neuroscience for Change Management. Using findings from neuroscience to help guide change is still hot. Promote change leader modeling.

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Why So Many Social Change Organizations Struggle

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When nonprofit organizations with issue-specific, niche missions organize themselves around individual donor fundraising, it creates waste, dysfunction and drains power away from real social change. Social Change attention donor engagement fundraising nonprofit philanthropy social change

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Part 2: From Change Initiatives to Change Systems

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Part 1 described global energy as a change system with five subsystems. and “What must it do well, in order to realize its change goal?” Academically, these questions lead … Change The question was then asked: “What makes a (sub) system successful?”

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How to Help Managers Lead Change

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We’re undergoing significant change and I can’t be everywhere. What can I do to help my managers lead change? That significant change is just one item on their very full plates. Never forbid local innovation and creativity during change.

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