So what does 'Holisitic' change really mean?

It used to be that you had to talk about "synergy" in change, these days there is a more discussion about "holistic" change, although the term holistic does seem to be becoming just another piece of management speak

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Some good books

There are so many great books, so this is just a taste of some of the better ones. Each is chosen for its wisdom and practicality. Some have been around for a few years but are still relevant and useful today. Others are intruiging and exploring emergent ideas that have yet to prove their worth

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Survivor Guilt

One of the critical things about organisational change is what you do "afterwards". Through good Change Management processes, along with some hard work and a little good luck, you will find your organisation settling down to a new way of being.

But often the new organisation doesnt actually work much better than the old one, for a while at least. There can be lots of reasons for this but one many managers would do well to be more aware of, what is sometimes labelled, Survivor Guilt.

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Types of Change

Change comes in so many forms that it helps to know what sort yours is, what might happen and what aproaches work best
What you will find in this article is an exploration of change from a number of perspectives, some are similar to each other and a few other approaches also exist, but hopefully it will help you consider what you have, what it's charactersitics are and what you can do to better manage things

Stop for a cup of tea

The military have some interesting approaches to managing with change, and are clearly aware of the psychology behind the things we do (sometimes unhelpful things) particularly in a crisis situation

One thing used to be habituated in the UK Forces was S-t-o-p, standing for Stop - Think - Orient - Plan. And another (possibly a very English response) of the immediate brewing of a cup of tea. Another similar acronym from the Emergency Services is S-t-a-r, standing for Stop - Think - Assess - Respond

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