I hope all of you had a wonderful and restful holiday season. It's hard to believe it's almost the end of January.
Thank you to everyone who attended the December Mix and Mingle. It was a huge success and something that we plan on continuing on as a traditional close to our year.
Our chapter continues to grow and as a matter of fact we have had approximately a 25% increase in our membership over the past year as we now have in excess of 130 members.
There are lots of existing events and activities coming up both for our chapter and with the ACMP Global organization. You may recall the recap Heather Lehmann provided from last year's conference, which I also attended and I must say it was excellent. I encourage you to go if possible, this year it's in sunny Las Vegas - starting April 12 and running to April 15.
Change Management is a highly valuable asset to any organization. At the City of Vancouver change management has such a diversity of responsibilities on highly interesting projects that are improving our city. What more can you ask for?
Working together within dynamic teams to create change is also a highlight. I also love being able to assist leaders through assessments, coaching, and facilitating workshops to support their teams in a proactive way. It creates a ripple effect throughout the organization and ensures not only personal development but also organizational shifts.
Advice for a new Change Management practitioner
The only advice I have is to listen. Listen to the client’s needs, the people seeking your support, and your own ideas. Everybody wins when they feel heard, respected and supported. Change isn’t easy for most people, especially when it involves changing roles and responsibilities. When we think proactively and from the client perspective we can start to mitigate possible risks and contribute to the best possible solution for all. I’d also add that you should ensure you have as much supporting evidence to your work as you can by utilizing formal tools like Prosci and effective coaching skills.
Based on my experience there is one pitfall to avoid
A big pitfall is to think your way is the best way. That may be the case sometimes; however, when we are closed to other perspectives we lose the ability to be client centered and close ourselves from differing possibilities. We are far more valuable to the organization when we listen and consider all the factors. Stephen Covey utilized an old biblical phrase best when he wrote “Seek first to understand, then to be understood”.
A key success factor for Change Management
Use the tools. The more you have in the tool box, the more effective you become and the greater success you will have. Educate yourself, listen as much as you can, and take time to reflect.
Our Holiday Mix & Mingle event at Gastown’s Water Kitchen in late December was a hit! We had approximately 25 members out to network and share some pre-holiday cheer. Our next social event will be planned for some time in early July (hopefully on a sunny patio)!
Please note the change in date for our next meeting, it is now:
When: Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Time: 5 to 7PM
Where: Vancouver City Hall (453 W 12th Ave Vancouver)
Because we’ve changed the date, we’ve been able to secure Darren Radford as our keynote speaker for that evening.
Darren is a Principal with Aspire. He specializes in the development and execution of business and IT-enabled strategy and works extensively with organizations undergoing significant growth or requiring major cultural change. Darren’s experience of organizational and business change is supplemented by international Portfolio, Program and Project Management Professional credentials and two master’s degrees including a Strategy and Business Transformation MBA from Henley Management College, Oxford, United Kingdom. Darren authored a book in 2014 that explains some advanced concepts around enterprise level change and is part of an international authoring team for the PRINCE2 Agile book due to be published May 2015.
Darren will be delivering his presentation on managing change at the enterprise level. The presentation comes highly recommended and provides some thought provoking insights around how to foster enterprise change management competency to enable an ‘adaptive capacity’ - to ensure an organization’s continued relevance in today’s faced-paced environment.
We will be testing the use of Eventbrite as our event promotion and registration tool. By using this tool, we’ll be able to more accurately anticipate the number of people coming to events and ensure that we have appropriately planned for our space and refreshment needs! Use this link to register for the event, and share it with your colleagues!
By Bus/Skytrain: #15 bus runs up Cambie. 99B line & Canada line stop (Broadway-City Hall) will leave you at the corner of Broadway and Cambie – walk 2 blocks south to the lower NW corner of City Hall.
By Car: If you are driving you may park in the upper rotunda parking spaces (circular drive that surrounds City Hall). Walk down the stairs past the statue of George Vancouver, turn left and walk halfway through the (councilor’s) parking lot to the last door on your left.
Alternatively, go to Security by the 12th Avenue entrance and ask them to show you to CityLearn / Kitsilano Room.