The World of Change Management is starting to support my ideas of 30 years.



I strongly agree with action one around facilitating change from the perspective of the whole. I’ve been saying such as a broken record or chant since the 70s.

Link to “I strongly agree with 5 of the 6 points.”

I also agree with all of the other actions except one.

I believe the day of facilitation of change is over until. And certainly change management is an oxymoron. Beckhard was first to use the word management of change in any publication. He and Sheppard and Mcgregor changed it to organization development because Dick discovered that the change world cannot be an autocratic top-down and cascaded  venture. The total organization needs to be involved that’s why he termed it “organization”.

On another note,  I believe we  first create an identity and paradigm shift through transformation then we can start using all the wonderful change management tools and activities we have.

When I started this field, I used every tool that was ever published by Jack Fordyce. It was the first tool book on organization change.

As I grew in my confidence, I started custom creating tools with the system. Yes,  there are a few tools that I always use like the Dannemiller “Open forum.”  For me, the focus is not on tools. It is first on helping the internal change agent and the CEO transform and then model transformation for the entire system.

People must become different before the system will change.

When one is dealing with transformation, one can never predict the outcome. The very nature of a live real conversation with the whole system can never be determined before one starts.

Thus, by the very nature of  transformation, it is impossible to predict the outcome.

No longer can we plan to change says the latest change academics. (Worley and Cummings) 

We need to facilitate transformation and change and not plan and do the plan. 

It must be done  in the here and now.  We cannot say this is the planned change that we want one year and then go after it.  Tthe world of change has spent 40 years doing such.  We now must shift.

I like the articles one statement about “stop managing change as a collection of projects.”  I had one organization recently where they had 77 different huge change efforts going in the organization.  There was no integration or harmony. Such a venture creates a lot of change fatigue.

In my model,  I have a strategic transformation office. They report directly to the CEO. Their job is to advise him or her on the entire change journey. With the CEO and the core executive  team, they set in motion via the internal transformative change agent the harmony or oneness and interdependence that’s needed by the whole system.

And something I do not see much of these days on LinkedIn is the work in large groups.

I believe we need to bring that competence back. Is faster, cheaper and deeper.

As my millennial daughter who is leading changing an organization next week in Beijing says at the age of 27.  Just my two cents.

2 Responses to “The World of Change Management is starting to support my ideas of 30 years.”

  1. rolandsullivan Says:

    One highlight of my week has been re-connecting with Darly Conner. I highly suggest his blog. I am an amateur blogger. He is a one of the best around organization change.

    I have made tremendous personal changes this past week… Thus I hope to show up different and more effective.

    Such is Conner’s focus.

    I am trying to be like my my second most influencia yoga teacher. He changed more each year as he aged. He was the most peaceful person I ever met. He knew anything anywhere in the world!!!


  2. Julie Smendzuik-O'Brien Says:

    Roland – Some years ago Linda Ackerman Anderson talked about a chief change officer and a change office that would have internal to it a number of change capabilities. She was at the Mn OD Network and left us with a white paper on it.

    Good to see you broadcasting a similar idea. Very necessary in my view of the “change” world. Also vaguely reminiscent of my own role some years ago.


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