January 2020
Issue 109

This month's theme - Managing Change

In this Issue:

For Managers: Six Steps for Managing Change
For Trainers: Free training activity
•  Training in Action: Change Management Case Study
•  Quote of the Month: John Harvey Jones
•  Offer of the Month: Tips and ideas for managing change and problem solving
•  The Light Touch: Traditions
Next month's theme
  For Managers: Six Steps for Managing Change
  1. Discuss and make sure everyone has a clear understanding why change is necessary. Highlight dissatisfactions and people will be more likely to welcome change.
  2. Create a clear and positive vision of the future.
  3. Take time to consult and communicate. Make sure people understand the plan.
  4. Implement new systems and procedures quickly or people will just cling to the past.
  5. Communicate changes constantly. Try to avoid too much email or cascade meetings. Bring people together, provide first-hand, up to date information, and you will more likely gain support and trust.
  6. Be open and honest.

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 For Trainers: Free Training Activity


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  Training in action: The Change Model – Case Study

Syd Strike Training has helped numerous organisations manage change through consultation, change management programmes, facilitation, training and coaching. A recent project was for an engineering team based in Oxfordshire. The team wanted to improve communication skills. When we looked at the problem in detail we agreed with our customer that a change management programme would be more appropriate than typical communication skills training, and so we designed and facilitated a three day change management event that we named ‘The Communication Event’.

Thirty engineers and project managers participated, commencing with a gathering of the full team on day one for a session where we worked in groups and plenary sessions to identify and prioritise issues relating to communication within the department.

The following sessions were half day sessions where we worked in smaller groups using a tried and tested model, taking a few tools from the many tools available in our change management toolbox. We explored problems and solutions, including for some of the groups, a little training, coaching or motivational input (every group had different problems to solve). The general pattern we followed was to facilitate change using the model …

  • Where are we now?
  • Where do we want to be?
  • What’s broken?
  • Identifying symptoms and root causes
  • Exploring solutions to root causes
  • Planning to resolve the issues identified

The final session on the last day was a sharing session as groups communicated their findings and decisions and enlisted specialist help across the groups to achieve the objectives.

The excitement was tangible, and success is still ongoing, resulting in time saving, better productivity and cost saving, as well as improved morale.

The programme has now been rolled out to their colleagues working on these projects in India.

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Quote of the Month

“If we do not change the inexorable forces of economics and shifts in the external world will force change upon us”

Sir John Harvey-Jones


The Light Touch


Jenny and John setting up home together enjoyed their regular Sunday roast. Sunday was Jenny’s day for cooking, so she produced a succulent roast every week. One day her partner observed her slicing off meat from either end of the roast and wondered why she would do this. Jenny explained she had no idea, but it was what her mother always did. Both now puzzled they asked mother about the purpose of slicing off the ends of the roast. Mother’s response was that she had learned this from Jenny’s Grandma. On the next visit to Grandma Jenny asked the question, “Why did you slice the ends of the Sunday roast?” Grandma replied, “Oh that was simply because my roasting tray was too small”






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