Change planning and management

“When you are finished changing, you’re finished”
Benjamin Franklin, US President

Unless well designed and even better led, change management is spectacularly unsuccessful. It is accepted that 60-70% of change initiatives fail (and have consistently failed since the 1970s). Whilst there are dominant change management models, it is often not the framework that is at fault, but the capability of management. Harvard Business Review suggests that a core contributing reason is the capability of managers and leaders to manage change. This is supported in other research.

An IBM survey confirms that CEO’s identify change as their most pressing issue. This has become particularly important given the rate of global, technical, political and economic change. Many leaders now feel ill-equipped to create an agile organisation and stay ahead of the dynamic change curve.

Integrated change management


We assist organisations to manage change at multiple levels to ensure an integrated approach:

  • Strategic drivers
    If not already identified in strategic plans, we help you identify drivers of change over the short, medium and long-term that create or impact scope and type of change.

  • Planning
    We will develop or support you to develop practical change plans that deliver lasting results.

  • Cross-functional integration
    We work to identify how change initiatives impact other aspects of your organisation and develop integrated frameworks, plans and approaches.

  • Implementation
    We don’t simply hand you a plan and give you an invoice. We will support you through the process, either directly or indirectly with coaching and mentoring, to ensure lasting change occurs.

Preparing talent for change


We have a long history of preparing employees prepare for, survive and thrive during change management. Our solutions include:

  • Game plan for change, a business simulation that raises change management awareness, knowledge and engagement

  • Executive coaching to support leaders and managers through change management

  • Business coaching for change management teams

  • Change management courses that raise awareness about change and help managers lead the process

  • Action-learning sets to increase application and learning throughout the change management process

  • Courses that helps employees deal with the physical and cognitive stress that stems from change

  • Embrace change

    08 02 2015 Sunday UAE

    The long-held received wisdom is that people don’t like change. As Niccolo Machiavelli said in The Prince, “There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction…

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  • Happiness Means Good Business

    08 08 2016 Monday UAE

    Research proves that happiness leads to better business outcomes and a healthier bottom line. Companies can easily implement initiatives that reap the benefits of workplace happiness.

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  • Women in leadership can boost profits by up to 15%

    23 10 2016 Sunday UAE

    Research of 22,000 companies proves that promoting women into senior leadership drives bottom line results. Taking steps to develop women has proven benefits for company leadership.

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  • Expatriates staying ahead

    13 04 2015 Monday UAE

    Expatriates are often skilled at making things happen. More often than not they are recruited because of competences (attitudes, skills and knowledge) that are not readily available locally. They arrive and get straight on with the job. At the same time, they…

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  • Mentoring for talent development

    10 06 2015 Wednesday UAE

    With population and unemployment figures on the increase, attracting and retaining talent would be should be getting easier. However, some startling statistics suggest otherwise.

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  • Motivation myths

    03 08 2015 Monday UAE

    What makes people behave the way they do? Why do some people seem to be motivated to do well in their work, while others do not? The study of motivation is endlessly fascinating as it concerns the driving force within individuals by which they attempt to…

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  • Selection matters

    29 09 2015 Tuesday

    Mark is the CEO of an SME in the engineering industry. He has just recruited a key member of staff, John, and is beginning to regret it. Instead of getting on with the job the new recruit seems to be needing an awful lot of Mark’s time – time that is already…

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  • Targeted training brings many benefits

    19 11 2015 Thursday

    It is sadly common for some companies to look at the cost of training and not see the numerous benefits stemming from it. Some take a short-term view and see training purely as a cost. Others see training as an investment in the future that derives many…

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  • Does leadership philosophy matter?

    01 02 2016 Monday UAE

    The Global Financial Crisis was the worst market correction since The Great Depression. So devastating was its impact, after seven years it is still an event from which many economies are still struggling to recover. It’s common knowledge that the catalyst…

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  • The Leadership Challenge: Interview with Jim Kouzes

    06 03 2016 Sunday UAE

    Jim Kouzes, co-author of The Leadership Challenge, sat down with Focus' David Brennan to discuss leadership in the 21st Century, the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership, what it takes to be a truly great leader and if leadership is different in the rest of…

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  • Keeping the team on track in challenging times: grief and change management

    21 03 2016 Monday UAE

    Challenging markets can often mean cost optimisation of which staff reductions may be required. Whilst the process of realigning the staff profile is relatively clear, moving the remaining team forward is less so. Dealing with the grief of losing colleagues…

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