What Face Masks Teach Us About Behaviour Change


Ultimately the innovation and change process begins and ends with one basic premise – listen first

How To Resist Corporate Hoarding


Many companies are still using software built or purchased from a time when Blockbuster were fining us for late returned videos. Most of the companies we admire for their innovation , your Amazons, your Netflixes or your Apples have no such legacy ways of working holding them back. They either cleared them out years ago … Continue reading How To Resist Corporate Hoarding

The Complex Problem With Big Change Programmes


Change-washing (noun): the process of introducing reforms that purport to bring about change but fail to result in any substantive shifts in systems, services or culture.  — Thea Snow and Abe Greenspoon One of the unfortunate side-effects of writing a post that becomes popular such as  People Aren’t Sick Of Change. They’re Just Sick Of … Continue reading The Complex Problem With Big Change Programmes

People Aren’t Sick Of Change. They’re Just Sick Of Change Programmes


I don’t buy into the idea that humans intrinsically hate change. I just think that by the time we’re in our 30s or 40s, lots of our experience of change – particularly in the workplace – has been more negative than positive. Instinctively rejecting it is a learned response – Tom Cheesewright People , we … Continue reading People Aren’t Sick Of Change. They’re Just Sick Of Change Programmes

Enabling A New World Of Public Service Delivery


The UK now finds itself in its lowest-ever position in the Global Trust Index, just one place off the bottom, with only Russia below it – Ed Williams President and CEO, EMEA The results are in: Nobody trusts anyone anymore. The 2020 update of the Edelman Trust Barometer, which aims to survey trust and credibility … Continue reading Enabling A New World Of Public Service Delivery

Why We Don’t Collaborate


Everyone says they love collaboration. Our open offices are designed to encourage collaboration. We recruit for people who are collaborative in nature. The digital tools we use are aimed at fostering greater collaboration. We promote the benefits of collaboration , or even co-creation, with our customers and service users. Collaboration has replaced innovation as the … Continue reading Why We Don’t Collaborate

The Social Sector Must Rebuild Trust Through Equal Partnerships


This is a edited version of an article originally written for Inside Housing There is a growing realisation that many of our social institutions and public services have run their course. Communities need something different from what’s currently on offer. We could be at the tipping point, the moment when future relationships between citizens and … Continue reading The Social Sector Must Rebuild Trust Through Equal Partnerships

Who Really Wins From Digital Transformation?


The birth of the change management movement began in the 1960s and 70s – when big consultancy began to see a vast new market – convincing organisations of the benefits of ‘transformation’. Alongside this came the development of a distinctive, pseudo-scientific language of change which the consultants needed to pitch themselves to new clients. It … Continue reading Who Really Wins From Digital Transformation?

Avoiding The Yo-Yo Effect of ‘Corporate Change Convulsions’


Speeches you never hear at a corporate conference: “….. Our Transformation Programme is going to be small and imperfect. We are going to do many small things that probably won’t work straight away.’ – Chris Bolton In the early 1960s, a New York housewife named Jean Nidetch began a weekly meeting with friends at her home to … Continue reading Avoiding The Yo-Yo Effect of ‘Corporate Change Convulsions’

The Big Problem With Change Programmes


People don’t resist change, they resist bullshit – Peter Vander Auwera A friend of mine told me last week that their organisation was about to begin its third change management programme in just seven years. Each of the two preceding programmes had a number of things in common: People were unclear why a programme was needed in the … Continue reading The Big Problem With Change Programmes

Change, Transformation and Complex Problems: My Top 5 Posts of 2017


One of my 2017 resolutions was to blog more consistently.  The glory days in terms of the readership and reach of this site peaked in 2014 before a decline in 15/16. The problem was lack of discipline. My blogging lesson learnt is you must set aside time to write and not be distracted by everything … Continue reading Change, Transformation and Complex Problems: My Top 5 Posts of 2017

Why Transformation Fails – And How To Avoid It


The concept that 70% of change and transformation programmes fail emerged in the mid 1990’s. There’s actually little evidence that this is true. The 70% figure seems to have emerged because of a lack of clarity about what success looks like – and that most people have a bad experience of them. My contention is … Continue reading Why Transformation Fails – And How To Avoid It

How To Find And Nurture Digital Readiness


When someone in public service says, ‘I don’t use social media. No one wants to know what I had for breakfast!’ I hear, ‘I don’t have the vaguest interest in understanding how an increasing number of citizens get information or choose to interact.’  – Leah Lockhart What are we doing about boosting the Digital IQ … Continue reading How To Find And Nurture Digital Readiness

We Need To Stop Talking About Change Or Get Comfortable With Failure


Every year businesses will embark on a series of reports , meetings, visioning sessions , training events and communication strategies. In almost every case the goal will be the same: to make fundamental changes to how business is conducted in order to cope with a new, more challenging environment. 70% of these programmes will fail. … Continue reading We Need To Stop Talking About Change Or Get Comfortable With Failure

How To Find And Kill Zombie Projects


According to Clayton Christensen , of the 30,000 new consumer products that are launched each year – 95% fail. Compare this with the public, voluntary and non-profit sectors – where hardly anything fails. The social sector must either be fantastic at launching new initiatives, or there’s a lot of things going on that shouldn’t still be living. … Continue reading How To Find And Kill Zombie Projects

The Rules of Digital Transformation


In five years time we’ll look back and realise we had it wrong about digital. Digital transformation was never about digital, and rarely about transformation. It’s actually about the processes by which you change your business model or approach. Some of which will have digital elements. The problem I have with digital cheerleading is two fold: … Continue reading The Rules of Digital Transformation