On Thursday, I attended my first Dublin Chamber of Commerce networking event. After the hour-and-a-half of 5 min “speed networking” sessions and selected 60 second pitches, I was trying to decide whether to leave when I overheard an interesting discussion on organizational change between Lorcán Ó hUallacháin (@onlybrilliant) and Irial O’Farrell (Evolution Consulting).
After joining the conversation, we eventually ended up talking about obstacles to sucessfull organizational change and what you do about them. We were all agreed that a successful change program might require leaders to make some tough staffing choices to cull sources of negative energy, but they were a bit surprised when I suggested that it might be just as necessary to learn from those sources of negativity as it might be to remove their influence. Read the rest of this entry »