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Change Management Articles

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Change Management Articles

Kate Sikerbol, Romi Boucher
Publication date: April, 2019

Imagine that you are in a conversation when you suddenly realize that you have had this exact same disagreement with a co-worker, or a family member, many times before. In the moment, you can predict what you will say and do and what the other person will too. You feel compelled to act in a certain way, even when you know that what you will say or do next is unwise or unproductive. You cannot seem to help yourself. Or the other person! After the conversation has gone from bad to worse, you may find yourself attributing it to the other person’s incompetence, character flaws, or bad motive. more

Kate Sikerbol, Queen's IRC Facilitator
Publication date: August, 2018

George was sitting quietly at the back of the room when he suddenly came to life. “But you don’t understand. All this talk about getting ‘sponsors’ on board is all well and good, but what do you do when your sponsor is basically invisible?” A roomful of participants nodded in agreement as George continued. “We can’t get sponsors to show up at meetings, they won’t make decisions that affect the project, they don’t allocate the resources we need. They might as well be ghosts!” more

Queen's IRC
Publication date: March, 2017

This month, Harvey Schachter reviewed Dr. Carol Beatty’s ebook, The Easy, Hard & Tough Work of Managing Change, in The Globe and Mail. The review highlights some of the key points in Carol’s book about resistance to change, including a case study involving Kodak. Harvey Schachter is a writer specializing in management issues. more

2015 Don Wood Lecture in Industrial Relations

Peter Edwards, Vice-President of Human Resources and Labour Relations at Canadian Pacific
Publication date: November, 2016

The 2015 Don Wood Lecture was delivered by Peter Edwards, Vice-President Human Resources and Labour Relations at Canadian Pacific. In the lecture, Peter spoke about the future of work, including the changes that are taking place in organizations as new technology emerges, how these changes affect workers and how the HR and labour relations processes, like collective bargaining, need to evolve. more

Kate Sikerbol, Queen's IRC Facilitator
Publication date: September, 2016

Creating energy, engagement, and commitment to change initiatives is one of many challenges we face as change agents. Increasingly, organizations, managers, and change practitioners espouse a belief that involving people in the change initiative is important. Many of us would agree in principle with this philosophy: Participation is essential to successful change implementation. However, the practical dimension of how to actually accomplish employee participation in change initiatives poses a challenge to change implementers. more

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