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Friday’s Change Reflection Quote - Leadership of Change - Learning from Change History

“To achieve future organisational change management success, analyse previous change history to mitigate previous weakness and enhance future success”

👏 Happy Friday!

On this day, November 11, 1918, at the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Great War ended. At 5 a.m. that morning, Germany, which was about to be invaded and lacked manpower and supplies, signed an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car outside Compiègne, France. It is estimated that the military and civilian casualties in World War I, were about 40 million, with 20 million deaths and 21 million wounded. Germany, Russia, Austria, Hungary, France, and Great Britain each lost approximately a million or more lives. Additionally, at least five million civilians died from disease, starvation, or exposure.

✅ We hold a two-minute silence at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month to remember those who have died in conflict. It also gives those a chance to remember friends and family they may have lost in conflict, the price of war and a chance to honour and respect those who are no longer with us. However, a hundred years on, another futile war rumbles between Ukraine and Russia. Learning from Change History.

👉 When I am working with leadership teams to support them through their organisation’s change journey, the change question set I ask them is:

“Do you understand your organisation's change history?

Do you have a change vision?

Are you aligned on your strategic objectives?

Are you a high performing team?

Does your team have change leadership knowledge and skills to lead the change or improvement that your organisation is facing?”

To help answer the first question, I use a Change History Assessment (CHA) which can provide organisational insights that can be used to mitigate previous weaknesses and enhance previous success. Most organisational changes require key elements to be properly resourced and managed in order for change to be successful. These elements range from: People involvement, communications and perceived future success and can be fine-tuned to improve future change implementation success.

I am just starting to recover from a bad dose of the flu, but I hope you have a fantastic weekend with the ones you love and care for, enjoy some fresh air, exercise, eat, drink and be happy.

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