Thursday, May 17, 2018

All change!

"Leadership is not just a position, it is also the act of leading!"

Successful organizations never stop leading change. Thus in our constantly changing world, an organization’s ability to lead change is critical to its success. In fact looking at the operations of any successful organization, one constant is apparant - that constant is change.

Leading Change, A Practical Guide for Change Agents , authored by Dr. Peggie Ward Koon*, an executive strategist, change leadership and management consultant and coach, is about leading change. She is a past President of the International Society of Automation (ISA) and past Chairman of the Automation Federation.

Leading change is hard. Change leadership—that is, the way the change is led—directly affects the outcome of the change effort. And yet so often, leaders struggle with their change efforts. It’s important to note too that leadership is not just a position (as in a role), it’s also the act of leading!

Change of course impacts and is impacted by people. How people respond to change often determines whether change is successfully adopted and implemented, or if it remains merely an idea or concept. Because of this “people factor,” change must be led. Knowing this, why do change agents repeatedly fail to address the “people factor” as they lead change?

How is change successfully led?  Are there some practical ways to lead change in an organization?  First recognize it is imperitive that leading change is much easier when there is a commitment from the top. Other change agents across the organization should be identified as well – key stakeholders who will both advocate, support and evangelize the change.

The key attributes of change ought to be fully understood. These attributes are called key change factors (KCFs) because they help see how change factors into  - or impacts - the organization, its employees, customers, products and services, processes, and operations. The pages of this book provide examples of companies and individuals who have or are currently leading change successfully. Discover how the KCFs apply to each of these real case studies of change leadership (including some examples from my own professional experience) and learn practical ways to use the KCFs to make your own change leadership initiatives more successful.

Industry Specific Topics include:
Academia, Agriculture, Aviation, Government, Healthcare, IT, Manufacturing, News/Media, Sports…and more.
Technology Specific Topics include: 
Automation, Cybersecurity, Digital Badges, AI, Drones, Robotics, Lightweight Metals, IIoT, IoT, 4IR, Precision Ag, Reality (AR, VR, & MR), Additive Manufacturing (3D & 4D Printing), Automation IT and Containers.
Management topics include:
Change Leadership, Change Agents, Vision, Strategy & Goals, Key Change Factors, Jumpstarting the Change Effort, Culture, D&I, & Change, and Human Capital Management (HCM).

There is a plethora of books and papers devoted to change, change management, making change, managing change, and similar subjects. Leading Change is different. Instead of focusing specifically on one of these topics, this book focuses on leading change from a practical/practitioner’s point of view.

Each section includes CAPs or Change Agent Perspectives that provide a quick summary of key take-aways for change leadership and change agents. Key Thoughts and Questions at the end of each section help the reader probe more deeply into change opportunities in his or her organization. Section Resources are listed as footnotes at the end of each page to enhance the ease with which you can find additional details related to key concepts and/or topics presented.

"You’ll discover what’s trending now – changes that are occurring right around us—and begin to think about how these changes might impact your operations now and in the future." says author Dr Ward Koon

"What have you changed lately? My hope is that the change agent perspectives and examples of change leadership in this book will encourage and inspire you to lead and/or help make change happen in your organization."

*The Author: Dr Peggie Ward Koon.
Dr. Koon is the CEO and Founder of Leading Change, LLC. She is also the former Vice President of Audience at Chronicle Media, Morris Communications, Augusta, GA (USA). She was the 2014 President of the International Society of Automation (ISA) and the 2015 Chair of the Automation Federation (AF). She has more than 30 years of experience in change leadership for IT and OT systems, with specific expertise in the automotive, aerospace, nuclear reprocessing, insulating products, textile, and media industries.
Dr. Koon received a B.A. in mathematics from Smith College in Northampton, Mass. (USA). She completed 2 years of graduate study in Applied Statistics in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA (USA). And she received a PhD in Management Information Systems from the School of Business at Kennedy Western University in Cheyenne, WY (USA).

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