It’s hard to believe but this will be our last newsletter of 2014. We have had some excellent events in 2014 including two that featured guest speakers and networking, one 'Think Tank' event where our members shared what you want from this Chapter and our first Annual General Meeting. In December we will host our first social event giving us all the opportunity to celebrate the holiday season with each other.
Heather Lehmann, our Chapter Director of Events, has an exciting 2015 calendar of events being planned. We hope you can make it out to a few of them. We will use this newsletter to keep you informed about those events and on news from the Global Association of Change Management Professionals as they announce more details on the CMP (Change Management Professional) accreditation that I anticipate will be made public in 2015.
If we don’t see you at our upcoming Chapter Social event, have a Happy Holiday and we will connect in 2015!
Are you or someone you know passionate about advancing the practice and profession of change management around the world? If yes, now is your opportunity to nominate someone or yourself to serve as an ACMP Board Director.Click here to learn more about serving as an ACMP Board Director.
The 2015 Board of Directors Nomination and Election timeline is as follows:
Call for Candidates November 13, 2014 - December 17, 2014
CSNE Review of Candidate Submissions December 19, 2014 - January 6, 2015
Candidate Interviews - January 7, 2015 - February 1, 2015
Board of Directors Election - February 5, 2015 - February 21, 2015
Elisa has been an avid contributor and advocate for the Change Management Practice in Vancouver. Starting with the Vancouver Change Management Practitioners group and now as an active participant in the ACMP Vancouver Chapter. Elisa is the Director of Change Management for the Clinical and Systems Transformation Project for Providence Health Care, Vancouver Coastal Health, and vincial Health Services Authority.
Why did you choose to work in change management and how did you get involved in this field? Getting into change management was natural evolution of my career. I made a conscious shift from bank management into training as a way to focus on work that gave me joy and leaned on my strengths. That move into training evolved into a focus on facilitation of learning then leadership development work. It took a turn into organizational development when I observed a pattern of team problems not being solved with a training/learning solution. But then the light bulb went off when an insurance company I worked for wanted to transform its business model entirely. The HR VP brought in the William Bridges organization to certify a group in change and transition practice and I felt as though the skies parted and hymns were being sung. I LOVED IT. So many things made sense to me about human nature and behavior. Since then, I have continued to narrow the focus of my work to change management.
What are you working on now?
I have the privilege of leading a team of incredible change management professionals on a ground breaking project for Vancouver Coastal Health, Providence Health Care, and Provincial Health Services Authority. The Clinical and Systems Transformation project is standardizing health care practices across the 3 organizations and enabling them with new information technology and devices with the introduction of an electronic health record. The project is expected to significantly increase patient safety and transform the patients' experience with their health care providers with accessible real time information across sites in the lower mainland. This project will usher in unprecedented change for 44,000 medical professionals, students, and their leaders and I'm thrilled to be a part of something that will make such a difference in our province
What do you love most about the work you do?
Wow, that's a tough one to answer - there is so much. I love supporting people walk courageously through the difficult times of change and emerge whole on the other side and helping leaders do the same for their staff.
Who has influenced or inspired you?
My change practice has been most greatly influenced by William Bridges work - he was my first, right? More recently I've been inspired by the work of Brene Brown and Human Systems Dynamics principles of Glenda Eoyang. Generally, I am consistently inspired by talented people who bring their best every day and help others bring their best.
What advice do you have for a new practitioner?
Focus on your ability to influence. I can't remember the last time I had positional power in this work. It's just not there. Without exceptional abilities to build trust quickly and influence, it won't matter how right you are about the path forward.
What is one pitfall to avoid as we gain our experience?
I guess I have 2:
One pitfall is ever feeling like you have all the answers - no matter how experienced we are, curiosity will always serve us well (good thing for me to remember right now ;-).
In a world of instant gratification and sound bites, managers and leaders are always looking for the quick fix. There isn't one. One does not emerge whole in the new future state, without stepping through the dark side of letting go of the current state and the confusion of the in-between. Managers and leaders will push for it to go quickly however it goes on its own time. Period. The pitfall to avoid is wanting to please and making promises about our abilities to shortcut a natural, predictable, and individual process.
Where: Water Kitchen 131 Water St. Vancouver (Gastown) - A short walk from Waterfront Skytrain Station
Who: All members and friends of the ACMP – feel free to bring guests who might be interested and / or forward the event email invitation
How: This is a “pay as you go” event and everyone will be responsible for their own tab
Why: Meet old and new friends, have fun, and potentially win one of our fabulous door prizes!
The manager of the Water Kitchen has graciously waived the booking fee and in return we’d like to be able to let him know how many people are coming, so please respond to the meeting invite we send out and let us know if you are able to make it. We’re looking forward to seeing you at our upcoming holiday social event!
RoyalRoads University presents: Shift Disturbers: Disruptive Innovation in the New Economy
You are invited to a Lunch ‘N’ Learn Information Session presented by the RRU Centre for Coaching and Workplace Innovation, Friday Dec. 5, 2014.
Dr. Dave Whittington, Associate Professor from the Centre for Coaching and Workplace Innovation, will explore the importance of becoming a ‘shift disturber’ – Learn what skills, attitudes and behaviours enable workplace innovators to be successful. Dave will also explore emerging innovation tools and processes that you can immediately apply in your organization.
Click here for further information and to register for the event.