My first book Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire was designed to help organizations identify and remove barriers to innovation, but readers also found it to be a great primer on how to take a structured, sustainable approach to innovation, and as a result the book has found its way into university courses and libraries around the world.
I’ve been thinking over the last few years about where I could provide the most value in a follow-up book, and it came to me that innovation is really all about change and that where most organizations fail to achieve innovation is in successfully making all of the changes necessary to transform their inventions into innovations. At the same time, the world has changed, the pace of change is accelerating and organizations are struggling to cope with the speed of changes required of them, including the digital transformation they need to make.
So, my next book, this time for Palgrave Macmillan, will focus on highlighting the best practices and next practices of organizational change. And where does any successful change effort begin?
With good planning. But it is really hard for most people to successfully plan a change effort, because it is hard to visualize everything that needs to be considered and everything that needs to be done to affect the changes necessary to support an innovation, a digital transformation effort, a merger integration, or any other kind of needed organizational change.
But my Change Planning Toolkit™ and my new book (January 2016) are being designed to help you get everyone literally all on the same page for change. Both the book and my collaborative, visual Change Planning Toolkit™ are nearly complete. But before they are, I’d like to engage you, the intelligent, insightful Innovation Change Management community to help contribute your wisdom and experience to the book.
I’m looking for a few change management tips and quotes attributable to you (not someone else) to include in the book along with the other best practices and next practices of organizational change that I’ve collected and the introduction to my Change Planning Toolkit™ that I’m preparing.
It’s super simple to contribute. Just fill out the form, and the best contributions will make it into the book or into a series of articles that I’ll publish here and on a new site focused on organizational change that I’m about ready to launch.
I look forward to seeing your great organizational change quotes and tips!
UPDATE: The book is now out! Grab a copy here:
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I like to view the organization as a strong, trusting relationship. If you are going to take the brave step to ask for a change in that relationship (or organization), you better be very sure about the details of what behaviors and results are happening in that relationship. Knowing those behaviors and results, ask yourself if you have openly and fairly diagnosed the problem or need for a change. Only then is it fair to ask for a specific, relevant and meaningful change.
A successful example of this could be getting detailed stories from the business of how leaders are accomplishing great (innovation) work, from the beginning of the work through to failure or success. The stories give you a clear picture of the language for innovation, elements of success, and where they are on spectrum of innovation. This is an exercise to fully understand and show respect of where people and teams are today. As a partner in the relationship, this understanding can lead to successful conversations to appropriately define an appropriate recommendation to to meet your organization’s innovation (relationship) goals.