Building Resilience to Enable Positive Change

An IBM survey of nearly 1,400 individuals responsible for designing, creating or implementing change found that only 20% of respondents are considered successful in managing change, 87% said not enough focus is placed on managing change in critical projects, and only 40% of respondents felt they had the right skills to successfully manage change, despite their job titles.

Research studies have shown that the vast majority of change efforts don’t achieve success. Why? Organizations too often focus primarily on the process of change at the expense of the people that will actually determine the success. IBM found that “changing mindsets and attitudes” is the single most significant challenge when implementing change projects, far ahead of process, resources or technology.

The mission of Minnesota Change Management Network (MNCMN) is to provide opportunities for learning, networking, and the exchange of ideas among change management professionals in the greater Twin Cities area. With that in mind, more than 30 change executives and consultants participated in workshops focused on Building a Resilient Mindset. The workshops utilized TRACOM’s Adaptive Mindset Model, profile, and curriculum. It focused on how Mindset can support change efforts including:

  • Productively dealing with change in the workplace
  • Overcoming the natural tendency for people to fear and resist change
  • Managing stress to achieve accelerated, positive change
  • Understanding our individual strengths and weaknesses related to resilience

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