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Happy-Clappy Change Practitioner© - Glossary Term

Updated: Nov 4, 2023

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Happy-Clappy Change Practitioner: Refers to an individual who approaches change management with an overly optimistic and enthusiastic demeanour. While their intentions may be positive, this term is often used to highlight a superficial or overly simplistic approach to change. These individuals tend to focus primarily on the positive aspects of change, often downplaying or ignoring the implementation challenges and complexities, such as the sponsor and leadership team’s responsibilities. They tend to engage like-minded or receptive people, performing activities that are disconnected from change implementation instead of ensuring there is effective and proactive leadership, and the change is aligned with the organisation's processes and systems. When they leave, the hope they brought soon turns to despair as the employees quickly realise they have left little or no sustainable impact or benefit.


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Peter F Gallagher is a Change Management Global Thought Leader, Guru, Expert, International Speaker, Author and Leadership Alignment Coach.

Listed #1 by leadersHum Top 40 Change Management Gurus You Should Follow in 2022 (Mar 2022).

Ranked #1 Change Management Global Thought Leader: Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Change Management (2023-2022-2021-2020) by Thinkers360.

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Change Management Behaviour - Leadership of Change® Volume 6, listed among the 50 Books from Thinkers360 Thought Leaders to read in 2022.

Change Management Adoption - Leadership of Change® Volume 5, listed among year-to-date’s (Jul 2021) most popular books on business and technology from Thinkers360 member thought leaders.

Change Management Handbook - Leadership of Change® Volume 3, listed among the 50 Business and Technology Books from Thinkers360 Thought Leaders to read in 2021.

Change Management Pocket Guide - Leadership of Change® Volume 2, ranked within the top 50 Business and Technology Books (Jan 2020) from Thinkers360 Thought Leaders.



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