change management

2nd Business Process Excellence for Pharmaceuticals, Biotech and Medical Devices (1 of 2)

Business Process Excellence for Pharmaceuticals, Biotech and Medical Devices, The Brewery, London, April 2011 (1 of 2) John Riddell and Elisabeth Goodman, RiverRhee Consulting1 This was the second of IQPC’s specialist conferences on this theme, and as last time2, many of those questioned by the authors were finding it of real value for learning about …

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Why thinking in terms of burning platforms and tipping points is not sufficient to drive change

The term ‘burning platform’ has its origins in a real life/death scenario faced by an oil worker in the North Sea and now commonly used to help change agents and stakeholders articulate organisational or personal motivation (WIIFM – What’s In It For Me) for change. ‘Burning platforms’ form the basis of ‘sticky’ or unresistable messages …

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Operational Excellence and Knowledge Management in an R&D Laboratory Environment

Reflections from IQPC’s 6th Annual Smartlab Exchange, Berlin, February 2011 ELNs, LIMS, and LESs IQPC kindly invited me to speak on Operational Excellence and Knowledge Management at this year’s Smartlab Exchange conference in Berlin.  Although I have been responsible for Biological Data Management and Laboratory Notebooks in an R&D environment during the course of my …

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Communicating change – some practical procedural guidance

I’ve been on the look out for a good book on how to help teams develop their key messages for introducing change.  Whilst ‘Perfect Phrases for Communicating Change’ by Lawrence Polsky and Antoine Gershel1, does indeed have a rich array of phrases to use in different situations, it still did not quite help me with …

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Business Process Excellence in Pharma, Biotech and Medical Devices – April 2010 – Key Themes

An integrated approach to Strategy, People, Process, Content and Technology is central to the success of business process improvement. Elisabeth Goodman, Owner and Principal Consultant, RiverRhee Consulting, opened the conference with the importance of these themes in achieving Business Process Excellence (BPE).  She also came back to them in a later presentation (http://slidesha.re/aVhZso) describing the role …

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The problem with relying on intuition for process improvement and decision making.

In a previous blog “There’s more to decision making than meets the eye… or why we shouldn’t dismiss gut feelings“, inspired by Malcolm Gladwell’s book ‘Blink’1, I made a case for the discretionary use of intuition in decision making.  I argued that: There seems to be a particular role for intuition when: a) encountering very …

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Personal reflections on living through change and… reaching ones potential

All change practitioners, and those who have practiced ‘change management’ know the theory about negative and positive change, based on Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’s experience of people dealing with grief.  And, as organisational change practitioners, we encourage people to bear these in mind when they are either responsible for introducing significant change, or are trying to cope …

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Powerful quotes for strong performing (effective) teams

Followers of my blogs will know that I have been reading Stephen Covey’s “The 8th Habit” and have found it very inspirational both from a personal perspective, and for the various ways in which I help teams become a strong foundation for their organisations. I particularly liked the following quotes which Covey includes in his …

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