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Change management requires both an individual and an organizational perspective

Posted on September 6, 2018 at 6:50 PM

Change management requires both an individual and an organizational perspective


Individual change management


Individual change management means understanding how one person successfully makes a change.


Organizations don't change, individuals do. No matter how large of a project you are taking on, the success of that project ultimately lies with each employee doing their work differently, multiplied across all of the employees impacted b...

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Managing Stress with Exercise

Posted on September 6, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Managing Stress with Exercise

Stress can make you feel drained, anxious, even depressed. And while there are several ways to manage runaway stress, none is as enjoyable and effective as a regular exercise routine.


"Numerous studies have shown exercise provides excellent stress-relieving benefits," says Cedric Bryant, chief exercise physiologist for the American Council on Exercise (ACE). "And let's face it, we all could do with less stress...

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Prosci ADKARŪ Model for individual change to drive organizational transformation

Posted on August 19, 2018 at 7:25 AM

Prosci ADKAR® Model for individual change to drive organizational transformation


ADKAR is a research-based, individual change model that represents the five milestones an individual must achieve in order to change successfully. ADKAR creates a powerful internal language for change and gives leaders a framework for helping people embrace and adopt changes.


A = Awareness of the need for change


D = Desire to support the change

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The 5 R's of Mindfulness

Posted on August 4, 2018 at 2:35 PM

The 5 R's of Mindfulness: Incorporating mindfulness into everyday life

Studies show the practice of mindfulness can improve your health and grow your brain!

Karen Pace, Michigan State University Extension, June 23, 2014

 

Use the Five R’s of Mindfulness to remember and practice mindfulness in your everyday life.


Research shows the benefits of social and emotional learning for both youth and adults. According to...

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Why Change Management Matters

Posted on July 26, 2018 at 3:25 PM

Why Change Management Matters


There are numerous reasons to employ effective change management on both large- and small-scale efforts. Here are three main reasons to employ change management:

  1. Organizational change happens one person at a time
  2. Poorly managing change is costly
  3. Effective change management increases the likelihood of success

Organizational change happens one person at a time

It is...

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Finding the Motivation to Exercise

Posted on July 18, 2018 at 4:25 PM

Finding the motivation to exercise is really about how motivated you are about taking care of yourself. Ask yourself, “Do I take good care of myself?”, “Do I desire to feel good?” Yes!!! When we focus on our own self-care we make a commitment to sustaining our wellbeing. Exercise is just one way to take care of yourself.


Exercise does not have to be hard. You can start out slow and steady. When I made the decision to be good to myself, I decid...

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ADKAR: an Easy-to-Use Model for Individual Change

Posted on July 12, 2018 at 6:35 PM

ADKAR: an Easy-to-Use Model for Individual Change

The first step in managing any type of organizational change is understanding how to manage change with a single individual. Prosci's model of individual change is called the Prosci ADKAR Model, an acronym for awareness, desire, knowledge, ability and reinforcement®. In essence, an individual needs:

Awareness of the need for change

Desire to participate in and support the change

Knowledge on...

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Making and Keeping Friends: Resolving Problems in Relationships

Posted on July 10, 2018 at 2:05 PM

Making and Keeping Friends: Resolving Problems in Relationships

Because each situation is different, you will have to use your resourcefulness, along with good communication skills and other strategies, to decide what to do and what action to take each time a difficult situation comes up or you become aware of a difference that is keeping your friendship from being a good one. Some things you can do include:

• talk with the other person using "I...

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The ADKAR Model in a Personal Change

Posted on June 11, 2018 at 7:30 PM

The ADKAR Model in a Personal Change


To help build a clearer understanding of the model and how to apply it, think about a change you want to make in your personal life. A good example is adding a regular exercise regimen; a change many people attempt but struggle to sustain over time. Now let’s apply the ADKAR model:

Awareness: are yo...

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Living a Life in Balance

Posted on June 6, 2018 at 8:20 PM

Living a Life in Balance

Do you feel like your life is too complicated? Are you often torn between your work and home responsibilities?

"If so, you're not alone, and you don't have to despair," says Odette Pollar, president of Smart Ways to Work, a personal productivity firm in Oakland, Calif., and author of Take Back Your Life. "You can gain peace and relief by making a conscious effort to reduce the complexities in your life and achieve balance."

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The Costs and Risks of Resistance to Change

Posted on May 13, 2018 at 7:50 AM

The Costs and Risks of Resistance to Change

 

If we take the position that resistance to change is unavoidable and complex and choose not to address it directly, we will pay a price in terms of change outcomes and ultimately benefits realization. Resistance has been identified as a top obstacle to successful change in all of Prosci’s best practices benchmarking studies. Study participants identified the following costs of resistance:

Project delays

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The 3-Phase Process: a Structure for Organizational Change

Posted on May 6, 2018 at 6:35 PM

The 3-Phase Process: a Structure for Organizational Change


Phase 1 change management process methodology

This process is built in three phases that a project or change manager can work through for the changes and initiatives they are supporting. The methodology includes research-based assessments and templates to support each phase, as well as guidance for completing each step most effectively.


1. Preparing for change

The first phase in Prosci...

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How to Encourage Family Exercise

Posted on May 6, 2018 at 1:50 PM

How to Encourage Family Exercise

 

It sounds almost like a comedian's gag: How do you get a couch potato off the couch?

 

But there's nothing funny about the punch line, especially when that snack-munching bag of laundry propped up in front of the television is just a teenager or younger.

 

Or when the National Center for Health Statistics says that nearly 15 million youngsters in this country between the ages of ...

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The ADKAR Model in an Organization

Posted on April 27, 2018 at 7:30 PM

The ADKAR Model in an Organization


The ADKAR model helps us understand an individual’s needs during a change at work and directs what kind of support we can provide to help them successfully transition. Let’s apply ADKAR to the implementation of a new software tool:


1. Awareness

Is your employee aware of the need for change? If the change is implemented and the employee is not aware that any changes are needed, their reaction might be: &...

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Basic Meditation: Meditation on the Breath

Posted on April 26, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Meditation on the Breath

Sit in a chair with the spine straight and supported and the feet flat on the floor. Or, you may lie down flat on your back.

 

Do a simple check-in of your emotional state, your thoughts, and what you are feeling in your body.

Just notice what is happening, without judgment or expectation.

 

 

Let your body begin to relax, consciously releasing tension.

 

Begin to...

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Three Levels of Change Management

Posted on April 17, 2018 at 3:05 PM

Three Levels of Change Management


Individual Change Management

While it is the natural psychological and physiological reaction of humans to resist change, we are actually quite resilient creatures. When supported through times of change, we can be wonderfully adaptive and successful.

Individual change management requires understanding how people experience change and what they need to change successfully. It also requires knowing what will help people make a su...

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Why Resistance Occurs

Posted on April 11, 2018 at 10:45 AM

Why Resistance Occurs


Resistance to change is normal and expected, but what if we could eliminate at least half of the resistance encountered on a change initiative?

The question is not if we will encounter resistance to change, but rather how we support our employees through the change process and manage resistance to minimize the impact on employees and the organization.


Change creates anxiety and fear. The current state has tremendous holding pow...

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How to Achieve Your Exercise Goals

Posted on March 20, 2018 at 1:30 PM

How to Achieve Your Exercise Goals

 

This may be the first year you've resolved to exercise regularly. Or perhaps you've failed at this resolution before and are trying again. Either way, you're more likely to succeed if you understand why many people fail to meet their exercise goals.

 

"People have expectations of achieving immediate physical changes from exercising, and when they don't see these changes occurring right away, th...

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Connecting Individual and Organizational Change Management

Posted on March 4, 2018 at 5:10 PM

Connecting Individual and Organizational Change Management

The link between individual change management and organizational change management is key and is what sets Prosci's approach apart from other change management methodologies. There are numerous models available that address individual change. There are also numerous models available that give guidance and structure to the project-level activities for the people side of change. The Prosci methodology uniquely integrates individua...

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What Is Change Management?

Posted on February 25, 2018 at 1:55 PM

What Is Change Management?

Change management is the discipline that guides how we prepare, equip and support individuals to successfully adopt change in order to drive organizational success and outcomes.

While all changes are unique and all individuals are unique, decades of research shows there are actions we can take to influence people in their individual transitions. Change management provides a structured approach for supporting the individuals in yo...

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