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Change your change approach

The art of change is of vital importance to a company.

Although change management isn’t usually granted its own KPI, it fuels all your project outcomes whether it is cash, efficiency or operational control.

Consulting companies will use appropriation rates to bill their services, but the experience shows that appropriation is a broader topic that what is usually encompassed in the change management stream of the program.

Change is governed by five essential considerations that cannot be neglected. Racing ahead, without taking them into account, is the safest way to compromise your initial goal or to get you to waste more money in the long run.

Change has it’s roots in the company culture. The capacity to change and transform is deeply anchored into the company culture. Culture is not only what makes most companies different, it is key to the ability to handle uncertainty, transform and grow. Some of our clients make culture a pillar of their strategic plan and others undertake transformation programs to develop a change mindset in their organization.

Change is not a top down approach. Although most changes come from executive committees or management layers, all staff are impacted. Training and loud communication are not sufficient, successful companies are adopting the three following best practices:

  • Always welcome and take feedback into account
  • Manage people involved in the change as a community especially when the impact is broad, leveraging on the group to promote transformation is very powerful
  • When possible, involving people in the decision process works miracles even when the field of decision seems to be limited e.g. regulatory topics

Change is a process that starts now. The earlier change management is included in your program governance, the higher its chances of success: Your program RACI should set this stream to be informed about all decisions.

Change requires creativity. Beyond top down training and massive communication, be inspired by the best and leverage on new technologies, social networks, video or social engineering such as gamifications. There is little limit to what can be done to get people to move out of their comfort zone.

Change is a grieving process. It takes time and energy, therefore it requires to make space to the change. Yet often managers and stakeholders have another jobs in addition of supporting the transformation. These are two different jobs, and this fact must be acknowledged as the time to do both must be accommodated. 

MOHAMED AIT OUFKIR

25 years in charge of large and innovative projects, these valuable skills are used today to help our customers enhance performance.

An international and multicultural career, a key to the development of an approach marked by tolerance and leadership that leverages on the best in people.

Entrepreneur and senior executive, experiences that feed our coaching process for clients at all levels.

NATHALIE CHABERNAUD

20 years of consulting and training experience working within different industries. Motivated by the desire to use her skills as a certified coach and trainer, to accompany clients on their development path.

A rich professional background combined with an interest in academic study. In depth experience of working across cultures and with disabled clients, and those with high potential. Able to collaborate with diverse organisational profiles.

Practicing Chinese Martial Arts, with a particular affinity for their values of respect, kindness and integrity. These qualities inspire her conduct.

Passionate about surfing, living each adventure with authenticity and adaptability, each new wave wetting her appetite for discovery and creativity.

ALLISON GRANT

With a career divided between corporate management and managing start-ups, always looking to employ both experiences in the service of organizational development.

Extensive experience of working across cultures (bilingual French and English), and as a result, the ability to work with uncertainty and ambivalence.

HEC certified coach and trained in systemic coaching techniques, speaker on ethics in coaching and committed to enhancing leadership skills for women and a greater understanding of gender issues in the workplace.

Lifelong learner and creative thinker who is always looking to extend beyond the limits.

Serious rower who believes in the capacity of the team.

Emotional resonance is the ability to understand one’s own emotions, those of others and to manage the echo  in us and in others.

It is based on six fundamental principles that govern emotions :

  • They are a message
  • They are neither good nor bad
  • They can’t be controlled
  • They have an impact on health, thouhts, behavior and perception
  • They are the source of commitment
  • They are contagious

AXEL AUBERT

More than 20 years managing teams for large banking organisations, across the world. Today transforming organisations and the people within.

Board member of a major educational association, focused on ensuring the best level of education is offered to the largest number of young people.

4th grade black belt in Chinese Martial Arts, always looking to achieve new balances in any projects.

Experienced HEC certified coach, on a mission to unlock human and organizational potential.