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Change from the Inside Out

Change from the Inside Out

Erika Andersen

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Making important positive changes in our lives requires thoughtful, concerted effort over time - along with faith in ourselves



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Clarifying the Change Rationale

Clarifying the Change Rationale

Leaders must clearly frame the specifics of the change and build agreement on the "shape" of it. They should realistically assess both risks and rewards - obstacles as well as benefits.

This provides a balanced perspective and compelling rationale to motivate employees through their own change process.


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Envisioning the Future State

Envisioning the Future State

  • With the change framed, leaders can describe the future state and scope.
  • They paint a realistic but hopeful picture of success to show new possibilities.
  • Quantifiable measures also reinforce and track the benefits.
  • This envisions where the change can lead.


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Assembling the Change Team

Assembling the Change Team

  • A credible, competent core team is assembled to drive the change.
  • They should move through personal change readily and help engage stakeholders.
  • Broad input builds an effective plan for communication, new behaviors, systems impacts, and gauging readiness.


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Supporting People Through Change

Supporting People Through Change

The transition is led by identifying who is most affected and clarifying what exactly will change for them. A focused transition plan then accelerates their adjustment through endings and beginnings.

This support is crucial for people to traverse their own change arc.


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Executing Change and Transition Plans

Executing Change and Transition Plans

Built on the previous foundation, the change and transition plans are now executed. Change happens through new behaviors and systems while people are supported through the human process.

Strong coordination is critical between logistics and emotional elements.


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Tracking and Reinforcing Progress

Tracking and Reinforcing Progress

  • Simple, regular monitoring and reporting of progress provides visibility into what's working or not.
  • This allows quick reinforcement of successes and addressing of issues.
  • It builds change-capable habits of tracking data and engagement.


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Institutionalizing Adjustments

Institutionalizing Adjustments

Adjustments are made to cement the change rather than reverting to old ways. Seeing ongoing adaptation as normal embeds change-capability.

Reflecting on enhancements to systems and processes facilitates continual improvement.


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Embedding Change-Capability

Embedding Change-Capability

  • Beyond the individual change, the organization's systems, processes, structures and culture are assessed for alignment.
  • Improvements here are made to facilitate this change and build general capacity to handle change effectively going forward.


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"Change from the Inside Out" by Erika Andersen is a book about the importance of building change capability in individuals and organizations. The book offers a straightforward process for overcoming resistance to change and building support for change from the ground up.

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