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Posted by Connie Moore on December 8, 2011
Over the Thanksgiving holiday I found myself in a gift shop chock-full of unique and interesting items. One sign (that was for sale) struck an immediate chord with me because it’s right on target with the business issues I often encounter when helping organizations adopt BPM programs. The sign said simply:
Throughout 2011, my colleague Claire Schooley and I have published research that focuses on change management — what methodologies and best practices to use, how to organize for change management, and pitfalls to avoid. But the “you go first” part of the sign grabbed my attention — it’s a great point. And to be honest, I haven’t seen a data-driven body of research about the pros and cons of going first in initiatives involving substantial change. If you know of something, we’d love to hear about it. Just add a comment to this post.
Probably everyone can think of the reasons why you shouldn’t go first:
I’m sure there are many more — but I’m a “go first” kind of gal. I like change and I think change is good for organizations to keep the business from going stale. If the change is outside-in, all the better. Here are my personal reasons why you should consider going first:
Remember, if you embrace change, you must be willing to:
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