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Strategic Planning and Management Insights

Organizational Change from point A to point B - Interview with Ryan Walter

[fa icon="calendar"] January 28 / by Anthony Taylor

In this episode of the Strategy & Leadership Podcast, we're joined by Ryan Walter. For over 20 years, Ryan has consulted for organizations, including Fortune 500 companies. His advisory firm, Parrels, helps organizations overcome challenges and undergo transformation. 

Ryan's rich experience guiding teams through organizational change and helping the grow internally makes him a great voice for those about to undergo their own strategic planning process. Like us, he is passionate about helping companies go from point A to point B and the journey in between. 

 

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Some of the things Ryan covered in our interview include:

  • Working with small versus large organizations

When it comes to getting from point A to point B, both small and large organizations face some of the same challenges, and have difficulties defining where they want to go. However, while smaller organizations are usually able to move faster, they can sometimes have trouble seeing above the day-today.

  • Solutions for leaders looking to make a transformation

When an organization undergoes a significant transformation, leaders sometime overlook what's in it for everyone else. While most people generally don't like change, it's important to remember that everyone brings a different perspective and will interpret change differently. 

  • Why people don't like change

Generally, people are hesitant to embrace change because it comes with a lot of uncertainty, and when change is communicated poorly, people jump to worst case scenarios. As far as accepting change, it may come down to the right place and the right time.

  • Things to avoid

One common mistake organizations make is focusing too much on the actual announcement of what's to come. It's important to remember to communicate for the sake of understanding, rather than just checking a box to say you communicated.

 

 

If you're planning a strategic planning session, 

consider some of the benefits of using a facilitator:

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Topics: Leadership, Change management, podcast

Anthony Taylor

Written by Anthony Taylor

Anthony Taylor is thought leader on strategy and leadership. He's a published author on the subject of entrepreneurship and strategy, Anthony can be found doing keynotes in both French and English. You can connect with him on Twitter @anthonyctaylor and have him work with your team on your strategy and organizational development.

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