Category Archives: Change management

Lake Wobegon Effect & Change

The name might sound strange, but I’m sure you have come across this effect many times in your daily private and business life: Lake Wobegon Effect (in social psychology also called illusory superiority). It describes the human tendency to overestimate one’s own abilities and achievements in relation to others. Among many others, it has been studied in people’s… Read More »

Stimulating the thirst for change

I felt inspired this week by an opinion piece written by Jan C. Weilbacher in this month’s issue of Changement (German only) and want to share these insights. In his article, Jan tries to encourage the transfer of learnings and best practices from marketing to change management. To underpin this he differentiates the dark side of marketing (using… Read More »

Communicating change – who should (and who shouldn’t)

Communicating change is true teamwork. Changing routines – sometimes even beliefs and mindsets – is not an easy (t)ask, and it takes constant communication, education, and leadership to make it happen. I keep emphasizing that all organizational change is nothing less but the sum of many small and individual changes. And convincing an individual to change may involve… Read More »

50 Reasons Why We Cannot Change

I recently stumbled across the story of E.F. Borisch. He was a product manager for Milwaukee Gear Company – a middle-size gearbox manufacturer in the US. Apparently frustrated with the level of progress in his own company, he sat down and wrote the article Fifty Reasons Why We Cannot Change which was published in the journal Product Engineering… Read More »

Change weariness – helping staff cope with change

When you look around your organisation at the moment, there is one fact hard to ignore – change weariness is increasing. It was even before Corona but is now receiving a critical push with the pandemic. When you reflect on your own situation, you might even notice it in your own thinking and behaviour. And therefore it is… Read More »

New Year’s resolutions and change – taking change management personally

Yes, it’s this time of the year again… So happy new year first of all! At the same time, I’m sure you have used the last days or at least the last hours to think of what’s coming in 2021 and what you would like to do or achieve. I’m also quite sure you have also been asked… Read More »

What do we need for good change management? Well, good change!

I have come across many situations where people put the blame for a failing change project or at least the difficulties in implementing the change to a lack of change management. Of course, change management is a complex undertaking. It requires an in-depth analysis and understanding of the stakeholders. It requires sensitive and strategic communications, diplomatic talent, and… Read More »

Apologies & change – an important couple

Any change project brings plenty of opportunities to practice your skills to apologize. In fact, the art of genuinely and credibly apologizing to me more and more seems a key enabler of change projects. Have you ever thought about your own skill of apologizing in important private or professional situations? Apologizing to your partner or kids, to your… Read More »