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Trojan Horse

Leadership – a Trojan horse in transforming a business?

We all know the story about the Trojan horse? Basically the Greeks had been laying siege to Troy for 10 years. The Greeks needed to bring the siege to an end, built a large wooden horse and hid troops inside it, and left it outside Troy when they pretended to sail away. The Trojans then pulled the horse inside Troy as a trophy. Overnight the Greek troops climbed out of the Trojan Horse and opened the gates, allowing the rest of the Greek forces (who had returned under cover of darkness) to enter Troy and end the stalemate.

Local and central government from Hampshire County Council to the Highland Council, and most private and third-sector organisations in between and globally are going through significant transformations Read more

Acceptance

The Power of Acceptance

Acceptance and Change

According to change management theory, acceptance is the point at which things start to look up! Following, the anxiety, disbelief, anger, grief and hostility of the initial impact of change there is a time to just accept what is and get on with life. At least, that is the recommended path. What if you could get to the point of acceptance quicker? Would that help?

What if…?

One of the most powerful tools in the Change Maker Toolkit is the ability to think. And, one of the best questions to consider is, what if? Let’s ask some powerful questions about the UK following Brexit.

  • What if the UK economy does not falter in the way the experts predict? What if it does?
  • What if global trade could be re-engineered to minimise the impact of potentially higher tariffs in Europe? What if it can’t?
  • What if a fall in the number of migrant workers causes disruption in the delivery of essential services? What if the opposite is true?

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Challenges and solutions.

Wise words – the change challenges in the post-Brexit VUCA world?

Challenges and Solutions

Challenges come at us from every direction, all the time.  Faced with a challenge this week at school, my daughter said the above to my wife who duly noted it down. We thought it was a really mature and smart way of looking at things. I found the piece of paper last night.

Not wishing to sound political, I woke this morning to the shock of a Leave vote. Selfish concerns aside, driving into the office I reflected on the implications for the projects world (in the broadest sense) of this momentous change. Here are some immediate thoughts on the challenges ahead, for what they are worth.  Building on my daughters wise words – there are always solutions. Would love to hear what you think the implications will be whether you are in the project / programme / portfolio / transformation / change world or not. Here goes: Read more

What the Change Makers say

Change Makers don’t say….

At The Change Maker Group we call all of our team Change Makers. So, whatever their specialism everyone is referred to as a Change Maker – whether people are experts on innovation, leadership, team development, delivering change, coaching, programme management or whatever, they are all Change Makers. Fundamentally we all focus on delivering personal, team or organisational change, helping people and teams be the best they can be.

Being a Change Maker in our business and home lives requires a focused set of behaviours. You wouldn’t expect a Change Maker to say “You’re on your own mate” – Read more

Adrian Pike - ANESCO

Creating a Great Work Environment – Q &A with Adrian Pike, CEO of ANESCO

ANESCO has seen great success and recognition through their approach to business, including topping the Fast Track 100 in 2014. I recently had the great opportunity to interview Adrian Pike the CEO of ANESCO. ANESCO is a company that has turned business on its head by not focusing on the income of the business, but rather the building of the people within the company.  Here is what Adrian Pike had to say.

Q. What inspired you to set up ANESCO with such a focus on the employee environment?

With my 27 years of experience I wanted to do something completely different that was more values driven. We believe great companies are people-led companies, so we’ve created an environment where people can develop, grow, learn, enjoy, meet and beat their personal aspirations. Since day one we‘ve been inspiring our people, with support and resources to be successful in their careers and with a healthy work/life balance. We achieved Investors in People Gold standard at first assessment and within our first year, which was unheard of. Read more