Leslie Allan’s blog featuring news, articles and tips on all aspects of improving organizational performance through effective leadership, driving change and enhancing employee capabilities.

  • Change Program Goal Setting

    Change Program Goal Setting

    Many change initiatives fail for want of a clear and unambiguous set of objectives. Why Program Objectives Are Important Your desire to move your organization towards a new way of working will remain just a wish unless you set specific change program objectives and create a change management plan for achieving those objectives. Working with your key stakeholders to flesh out unambiguous and measurable objectives will set your program off on the right track. How can goal setting help? To begin with, the two-way dialogue involved in setting goals helps to get all stakeholders on the same page, uncovering hidden…Read More »

  • Change Program Roles

    Change Program Roles

    Assigning roles and responsibilities is a key step to energizing your people for action in achieving your change program goals. Types of Change Program Roles Your change program, no matter how meticulous the planning, will not bring itself to life. People are needed to complete the necessary actions and to hurdle all of the barriers put before it. You will need to identify and communicate the various change management responsibilities of all the people required to see your change program through. The roles you will actually need will depend on a number of variables. However, generally speaking, a change program…Read More »

  • Writing Learning Objectives

    Writing Learning Objectives

    Improve the effectiveness of your training programs by writing clear learning objectives. Why Write Learning Objectives? Why go to the bother of writing learning objectives for your training program? I see many programs that simply wear participants out by being “nine miles long and one inch thick” with little opportunity to engage learners and practice skills and in the end serving no useful purpose for the organization paying for the program. These programs have a heavy emphasis on what needs to be “taught” with little regard to what participants will need to be able to do when they get back…Read More »

  • Setting SMART Objectives

    Setting SMART Objectives

    Get your learning and change programs off to the best start by defining and agreeing SMART objectives with stakeholders. Define SMART Objectives Whether your organization is about to embark on a major learning initiative or a change program, well designed and effective projects begin with clearly stated business goals. As a program leader, you will need to meet with the key stakeholders to thrash out the desired objectives of your training or change program. Target as your primary meeting outcome a clear definition of what it is your organization wants to achieve with the help of the learning or change…Read More »

  • Changing Learner Behavior

    Changing Learner Behavior

    Design your training programs in a way that guarantees learners will behave differently back on the job. Learner Behavior On-The-Job Many trainers focus on what their program participants need to know. Outstanding trainers think deeply about how their training participants will translate knowledge into action on the job. Without changing on-the-job behavior, training programs are simply glorified amusement sessions or, even worse, boredom enhancers. Effective training begins with proper design. You have analyzed your organization’s training needs and are now ready to write the program participants’ learning outcomes. It is at this point that it helps to clarify exactly what…Read More »

  • Performance Objectives in Instructional Design

    Performance Objectives in Instructional Design

    Using performance-based objectives in your training program design ensures a firm link with workplace performance. Why Performance Objectives? A critically important task in instructional design is writing learning outcomes in a way that makes clear the required performance of the learner following the training. Focusing on performance objectives directly ties the learning to the actual on-the-job behavior necessary for achieving the organization’s goals. Just as importantly, performance-based objectives clarify for the learner where they need to concentrate their learning efforts and makes it easy for assessors to test learners on what is really important. Your first step is to identify…Read More »

  • Key Areas for Implementing Change

    Key Areas for Implementing Change

    There are critical actions that require your attention if your change initiative is to succeed. Essential Change Management Activities Managing Stakeholders Whatever your change program, one key area requiring your attention is the identification and management of change stakeholders. A stakeholder is any person with an interest in the change process or the outcome of the proposed change. Stakeholders bring with them an amalgam of competing interests and often act to further their own power, influence and survival. The added difficulty for change managers rests in the fact that such political maneuvering is often in the guise of impartial and…Read More »

  • Project Management Disciplines

    Project Management Disciplines

    Eight key practice areas are essential for effective project management. Why a Disciplined Approach Matters Along with a phased approach to delivering projects, the other important aspect of managing projects well is the various project management disciplines. Consider a racing car driver about to enter a race. They may do things in the right order. They may get in the car only after they have checked the tyres, the engine, and so on. This is good; however, if they cannot apply the right amount of pressure to the brake on entering a corner or the turn the wheel too early,…Read More »

  • Project Phases

    Project Phases

    Successful projects follow a disciplined process and path to prevent them from leading to oblivion. A Process Approach to Managing Projects In racing car driving, activities follow a tried and tested sequence. Any attempt to shortcut the process will most likely lead to a crashed car and a lost race. The same is true for managing projects. There is a sequence that needs to be followed if the project is to be successful. This sequence and a short description of each phase in the project management process are described here. Figure 1 – Project Management Phases Initiate In this first…

  • Project Team Management

    Project Team Management

    Successful projects depend on individuals and groups of people working collaboratively. Managing a Project Team In managing a project team, a Project Manager needs to possess excellent analytical and organizational skills. A technical proficiency in the specialist area of their project is also a distinct advantage. Remember, though, that projects achieve their outcomes through people – a variety of people working together in a coordinated way to produce the desired results. How are you encouraging peak performance from your project team? As with any manager getting the best out of their people, you will need to pay attention to your…Read More »