Some Resources for Organizational Change

Is there a more often longed-for yet less often achieved workplace goal than bringing change to one’s organization?

The desire to shift the way things are in some large or small way likely reflects an innate creativity that’s part of the human condition. We long to leave our mark, and we can usually imagine some change in the conditions around us that would allow us to more effectively do so.

And yet, we simultaneously resist – consciously or not – many of the efforts those around us make to bring about organizational changes. What’s up with that?

Fortunately, many able thinkers have taken on this question. Here are a few resources for those interested in pondering this conundrum and putting their own change propositions in the best position for success.

First, a talk: on Wednesday this week (3/2), Dr. Marlesa Roney will present a talk on Effective Organizational Change at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park. Click here for details.

Second, a fabulous post from Heidi Grant Halvorson’s “Succeed” blog on the tendency to believe that whatever is older is better and the way this interferes with embracing the new.

Third, from Psychology Today: a leadership researcher and consultant’s look at the psychology behind habits and what managers need to know about brain research to help them work effectively with staff to overcome old habits and embrace the new.

And finally, a new book from ASTD called The Change Book, which invites us to “change the way you think about change.” Looks promising.

What tips can you share about successful organizational change projects you’ve observed or implemented?