• Change management: create a climate for change (3)

    Kotter

    We started the discussion with the first step in the Kotter model: (1) create a sense of urgency. Then we continued on with the second step:(2) form a powerful coalition. This time around we get to talk about the vision:(3) create a vision for change.

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  • Change management: create a climate for change (2)

    Last time we discussed the first step in the Kotter model: (1) create a sense of urgency. This time around, we’ll talk about the second step:(2) form a powerful coalition. Stay tuned for the next part:(3) create a vision for change.

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  • Change management: create a climate for change (1)

    A long time ago I wrote a post on the subject of change management. In this post I tracked the application of the 8 step change model of Kotter to a case study. At the time I had felt firsthand the impact of a poorly managed change. I wanted to understand what management had and hadn’t done in order for this change to be so disruptive for the group. I had been taught the Kotter model in school and tracked the sequence of events according to this model. I linked the outcomes to the degree of success of executing the steps of the model. Studying someone else’s failure is a good way to avoid making the same mistakes.

    Things have changed since then and I’ve reached a point in my career where I need to apply those lessons learned. I can no longer stand on the sideline and be cynical. I’m expected to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. As a young manager, I can provide a fresh wind to a business that is confronted with a changing market situation. To start down the right path, the first year I’ve focused on the first part of the Kotter model: creating a climate for change.

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  • Empathy vs entropy

    An interesting starting point for discussion is Jeremy Rifkin’s recent book (The Empathic Civilization) in which he describes two trends throughout history and looks at the correlation between both. On the one hand we have empathy and on the other hand there is entropy. The book is rather long and repetitive but Rifkin is very skilled in explaining the entire thesis in about 10 minutes. I will let him explain it first.

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  • Our power as individuals and as a collective to manifest our own reality

    I have questions for you. They are questions I ask myself too but I won’t be answering them for everyone to read just yet. Not because I don’t want to share but because I want this post to be about you. I want to avoid dragging you to my point of view by my answering the questions. I want to avoid influencing your answers in any way. I might consider updating this post with my answers once I have received a decent number of answers from you.

    Yes I am aware I might be waiting a long time.

    1. Who inspires you and what have you done with that inspiration? Can you avoid the sense of jealousy or the desire to throw your hands up in defeat when you fail to use that inspiration to your satisfaction?
    2. If money were not an issue, what would you do with your life? What would you do that makes you stop setting goals for the future and will make you happy now and every day from now?
    3. How many people have you asked these type of questions? How frequently do you bring up the subject to remind them?

    I know that passively reading something that spells it all out and spoon-feeds it to you is a lot more entertaining than being asked to think and answer to personal questions… but just realize that this post is for you to do with as you please and any feedback will be considered as a miracle.

  • These things come and go

    Not a lazy weekend goes by without me coming up with a new idea for starting a blog. In the beginning I would write them all down, a few times I would even refine the idea and only twice have I actually started a new blog. Both the projects died in infancy (RIP fotonovella and legacy). So why am I having such a hard time at this? [Read More...]

  • Why religious republicans keep the focus on social issues

    As I was writing the last article concerning republicans on the extreme right and their stance on global warming, I realized that there are a few more policy positions of theirs that are weird for Europeans. Key among these issues are abortion, gay rights and teaching creationism. In essence the Republican stance on these issues is tailor-made to co-opt the religious conservatives of America. Whereas in the American two-party system this alliance between the religious conservatives and the fiscal conservatives is almost an arranged marriage, by European standards they seem strange bed-fellows indeed. [Read More...]

  • Why free-market capitalists must deny man-made global warming

    I have a strange fascination with American politics, extreme Republican politics in particular, mainly because I don’t understand them from my European perspective. It makes me very confused to see so many Americans sharing the point of view of Republicans on the extreme right when their opinions on a lot of topics seem to be devoid of logic. One that I find particularly striking is their stance on global warming. Rather than just joining the group of people who like to think Americans are dumb, I want to understand how they came to this point view. So I tried to contextualize this issue for myself in order to see why it is ideologically consistent for free market capitalists to deny and later on demonize man-made global warming as being a communist hoax. This is of course only one way to look at it and by no means should be generalized to the entire conservative base.
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  • Change management: a case study of how not to do it

    This content is quite different from the usual. It is obviously non-fiction, non-funny. Please scroll down to find the new rating feature and don’t forget to subscribe to the RSS feed! Any comments are welcome.

    Background: I work in a research institute that focuses on semiconductor research. My group works mainly on silicon photovoltaics. When I joined the group there were roughly 20 people in the group. By this point in time that number has grown to 60+ people. The increase in budget has followed a similar increase. Growing pains have become apparent with this incredibly quick growth. Change management is one of the premier aspects of management for a group in this situation. This case study looks at the success in this area of management.

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