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Your “Back of the Napkin” Formula for Leading Change

When was the last time you gave an impromptu update over lunch on the back of a napkin to explain that big change project you are leading? Did you run out of space on the napkin or were you able to succinctly capture and explain where and why the project was – or was not – on target? […]

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3 Steps to Overcoming Communication Barriers

We often hear the phrase “Seek first to understand and then to be understood” or are told to actively listen. While these are important, often time it’s simply not tactical enough. Too often what we hear is skewed by the filters that we (and our audiences) apply. So how do we ensure what we say […]

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Cones of Uncertainty and Certainty and Organizational Change

“How will the change affect me personally?”   This is the first question that people want answered as soon as they learn about upcoming plans for a large organizational change. However, at the early stages of preparing for organizational change, leaders are not able to give specific answers to these questions. This concept, known as the Cone of Uncertainty, is found in […]

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4 Steps to Effective Change Management Communications

I’m amazed at how often I get asked – and frankly argued with – about the amount of work that it takes to perform change management activities. After all, it’s not that hard to “send out a few emails,” right? Wrong. Sending out a few emails isn’t rocket science. But it’s also not as simple […]

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Biggest Change Management Mistake: Treating All Stakeholders the Same

Treating all stakeholders the same is one of the most common, yet biggest, mistakes that change managers make today. Why? Because they’re not the same. As a sports fan – one who likes to both play and watch sports on TV – I came up with an analogy to illustrate the complexity of change management. The difference […]

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4 Reasons You Need Executive Buy-in for Change Management

Project-related change management activities often bring to mind logistical communications and training events. Something employees often want to know during this time: “what does this project mean to me and my job?” A user’s direct management should field that type of inquiry. Employees perceive direct managers to “understand me and my job.” That’s just a small […]

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3 Reasons to Start Change Management Work Early

Have you ever been cooking and realized somewhere along the process that you missed a key ingredient? Once you’ve figured it out, you’re left with three options: Start over. Skip the ingredient altogether. Throw it in anyway and hope for the best. When we choose the third option, our dish usually doesn’t taste quite like […]

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The Most Valuable Benefit of Salesforce Financial Services Cloud

Advising the Advisor: Are you thinking far enough ahead? Here’s how How familiar is your organization with the flexibility and integration Financial Services Cloud offers? The solution helps improve the customer experience, strengthen client relationships, and drive new business by integrating sales, service, and marketing. Digital transformation impacts every area of an organization, and companies […]

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3 Reasons Change Management Isn’t Just Communication and Training

I hear it all the time. Change management is “just communication and training.” I cringe. Just communication and training? No wonder our projects continue to fail to achieve adoption levels that are both desired and critical to meeting the established ROI goals. I’ve worked in organizational change management for two decades. I’ll grant you that […]

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Are You Book Smart or Street Smart? Maybe Neither!

Back in 2011, I was getting to know my new team on a project.  I’m not exactly sure how the conversation started, but the question came up if we thought we were book smart or street smart?  So rather than make up my rationale for one or the other, I thought the best answer would […]

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5 Common Change Management Mistakes to Avoid

When companies implement new technologies or change existing processes, employees must be prepared to work in new and different ways. Without proper change management, disruption ensues at go-live. The user experience is abysmal. Projects fail. The value of a new technology is minimized because people don’t use the capabilities it affords. Processes become bookshelf material. […]

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Why Self-Driving Cars Are Good for Car Rental Companies

New partnerships with companies that are developing self-driving car technology have also been formed. Avis Budget Group’s partnership with Alphabet’s (Google) Waymo and Hertz’s partnership with Apple are two examples. This is a trend that car rental companies are getting behind because they understand that autonomous vehicles could eventually replace today’s cars. At the 2016 […]

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Salesforce DMP, Financial Services Cloud & B2B Analytics Intro

Must-Know Salesforce Updates What You Need to Know About Financial Services Cloud Field Service Updates in Summer ’18 that Will Change How You Work Self-Service or Bust: Why Connected Customer Portals are Vital to Customer Experience 6 Easy Ways to Personalize Your Campaign Gartner Names Salesforce a Leader in Magic Quadrant for Enterprise High-Productivity Application […]

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The Secret Ingredient to Digitally Transform Your Business

Digital innovation continues to disrupt industries at lightning speed. Today’s organizations are transforming their entire business – from strategy to operations, technology to culture – to better deliver value to their customers. In 2017, we compiled the top 10 trends leaders needed to know when it came to their digital transformation journey. In this 10-week […]

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Change Management Tips, Emoji, Omnichannel Experiences, and more

What You Missed in Salesforce News — April 16, 2018 Salesforce Acquires Mulesoft and Announces Integration Cloud Think About the “Who”: Tips for Using Change Management for a Successful Transition to Lightning The Need for a Seamless Shopping Experience Dealing with the Disengaged: Transforming Unhappy Staff into Productive and Engaged Employees Pardot Introduces Emoji 8 […]

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7 Ways My 3 Year Old Improves My Relationships at Work

My wife and I met in college, married after 4 years, waited 13 years before having children, and we now have 2 daughters.   We have a 3-year-old (Maggie) and 18-month-old (Addie).  I knew that I would continue to grow as a parent, but had no idea the impact kids would have on my professional development […]

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3 Fatal Fallacies – How to Maximize the Value of OCM

There’s an overwhelming amount of data showing that implementing an organizational change management (OCM) effort, based on proven best practices, provides significant value. If that’s the case, why are so many organizations failing to realize the expected benefits? Is there some lesson that can be taken from these failed OCM implementations that will help other […]

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What’s Your (Sustainment) Plan?

One of the most important, yet often overlooked, components in any Change Management endeavor is what we at Perficient call the “Sustainment Phase.” It’s the fourth phase (of four) of our Change Management methodology, and it’s all about ensuring that whatever change we’re implementing is just that – sustained – over the long haul. Few […]

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