On your transformation journey, sometimes you meet the bright sparks who simply GET IT, and sometimes you are faced with the hard rock faced bozos, who are simply DEAD! They build a WALL around themselves. They simply have no desire to CHANGE!
What do you feel?
Do you get mixed feelings, mixed emotions ? Do you ignore this dead stock ? or do you try to turn them around ?
What if they are a critical piece to the overall transformation? with all the right authority and are riding the right power pedestal? and you simply cannot ignore them.
What is your next step?
For me, sometimes it helps to simply listen to them and give them your ear !
The act of empathizing with the hard rock faces sometimes melts them ~slowly~ one day at a time and then another day and so on.
It helps if you understand what are their Drivers? which may be in conflict with the transformation agenda! Sometimes their ego simply needs a massage.
By listening to them and all the other nay-sayers, you just break down one brick at a time and suddenly one day you find that the wall no longer exists, and they simple GET IT!
Time to move to the next wall to break !
Do you have any stories to share of your hard rock faces, who you were able to turn around? brick by brick ? what was your strategy?
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Does your transformation suffer from ‘blocker’ souls?
Does your transformation really need those ‘blocker’ souls?
Have you tried to ‘unblock’ those ‘blocker’ souls? and FAILED !
Sometimes it may be better to let the transformation efforts be BLOCKED (for some time at least)
and let the ‘blocker’ souls rejoice ~silently ~
But this can be your ally in most cases, as the BLOCKED transformation now suddenly gives you the SPACE and Time to re-evaluate your OPTIONS, your EXPERIMENTS.
It gives you the time to think and rethink your change management strategy.
- Does your message needs a refresh ?
- Should your medium be changed ?
- Are you under estimating your Impact Radius?
- Is your staff aware of the overall strategy and why this change is coming?
Sometimes the BLOCKERS are useful to take a pause and reset your clock!
So go ahead and let those ‘blocker’ souls not derail you from your journey!
Feel free to share your ‘blocker’ stories in the comment and keep on listening and subscribe to my blog.
As part of the Scrum Alliance, Agile Tour India, Pune conducted a track on Agile Enterprise and my session on “Balanced Scorecard for the Agile Enterprise” was selected. The session focused on how Balanced Scorecard has traditionally been used across multiple industries for managing the organization performance towards the achievement of it’s strategic goals. This session introduced key performance indicators for a Balanced Scorecard in an Agile context, which could lead to similar strategic focus and organizational alignment and how to capture the typical agile metrics in the overall Balanced scorecard for software projects. The session was extremely well received by the enthusiastic audience of 100+ attendees, comprising CXO’s, senior managers and development community.
Sharing my presentation
at the Agile NCR 2011
, talking about the 7 step
framework for introducing bottoms up agility in your organization. Watch out for details in my next blog posts.
How did you win your wars ? leave a comment…