What is Change Management: My Elevator Speech


As noted in prior articles, I have been actively participating in a number of Linked In dialogs.  The sheer number of different views and discussions defining Change Management (CM) and what it’s various components are is quite startling. 

While I’ve had my own “elevator speech” on what CM is for many years, through these dialogs I have further refined and greatly simplified my own personal elevator speech.  If you are unfamilar with this concept, an elevator speech is intended to be short.  Something you could express to another in a brief conversation – the mental analogy being the time you have during an elevator which can be very short. 

Rather than build you up to my “final answer” over a series of articles, I’m going to start with the final answer.  Further articles will present other individuals definitions, describe components of CM, as well as extract interesting quotes and dialogs from several on-line discussions (aka debates).  My challenge to you, the reader, is to determine if my short description works.  Here it is…  

Change Management is:

Moving individuals from where they currently are to where the business needs them to be.

That’s it.  Fifteen words.  I’m going to cut myself short and ask you to ponder on this a bit.  During the next post, I’ll break it down for you.  Why not now?  I want you to come to your own conclusions.  To give your conscious and subconscious some time to process.

Note:  If you read my prior post called Stop, Look, and Listen you may remember that I find it amazing and fascinating how our brain works.  Have you ever stopped long enough to appreciate what your brain can actually do and does every day?  What your subconscious and unconscious mind  can process?  What they can push up to your conscious level.  If you haven’t, here’s a link.

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  1. Anonmyous says:

    You have to express more your opinion to attract more readers. Just a video or plain text without any personal approach is not that valuable. But it is just from my point of view.

  2. Faith Fuqua-Purvis says:

    It was interesting to me that your recommendation was to express more of my personal opinion. I’ve felt that I typically do so. My objective within the Ponderings & Insights are intended to share thoughts and provoke thinking.

    Your comment made me stop and take a step back. To remind myself that while I see each article in a series and understand the context, not all the readers will.

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts.

  3. Anonymous says:

    The layout for your website is a bit off in Epiphany. Nonetheless I like your website. I may have to install a “normal” browser just to enjoy it. :)

  4. OEC says:

    this has been very intresting thank you.

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- Think Holistically
- Seek the Root Causes
- Respect the Individual
- Demonstrate Accountability
- Collaborate with Clients
- Work with Integrity, Always
- Relate to the Business Strategy
- Ensure Alignment
- Demonstrate Responsibility
- Transfer Skills

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