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Help! Our Change Champion Has Stopped Championing

What does a change management team do when the “champions” of the change stop championing?

A participant at a workshop asked me this question. The change management team was frustrated because the leaders who launched the change initiative had stopped championing it. Yet, they were still expected to implement the change.

I have been asked this or a similar question many times. The message I receive is always the same—the change management or project team feels abandoned by the change sponsor. Once this feeling emerges the team starts to question how they can successfully implement the change, or even why they should continue when it appears the change sponsor is not supporting the change.

When this happens both the specific change initiative, and your organization’s success with future changes is at risk.

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How to Prevent Resistance to Change
Winnipeg, Canada
October 5, 2015
McNally Robinson Books
1120 Grant Ave

10 Simple Rules for Healthy Organizational Change
Winnipeg, Canada
October 6, 2015
QNET Manitoba

Executive Change Leader Course
Russell, Manitoba
October 28, 2015
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Living & Leading Change Certificate Program
Winnipeg, Canada
November 23, 2015
QNET Manitoba

Executive Change Leader Q&A
November 26, 2015
1200 – 1:00 pm CST

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Stress: The Catalyst for Change

by Dawn-Marie Turner, PhD, CMC

“People don’t like change.” I probably hear this statement at least once a week. Unfortunately, it perpetuates the thinking that people will try to avoid change. The reality is quite the opposite. Change is an essential part of our living experience. We change to live. But we don’t live to be changed. When you understand this difference, you can use the stress of change as a potential energy source.

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