Implementing Positive Organizational Change

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A Strategic Project Management Approach
By Gina Abudi
Hardcover, 6 x 9, 336 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60427-133-1
February 2017

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In today’s increasingly competitive global marketplace, organizations that do not regularly undertake change initiatives will find it difficult—if not impossible—to continue to be successful in the long term.

Most organizations only launch change initiatives when forced to address some pain, such as decreased revenues or profits, where the sole focus is on the benefits to the organization. Often, the people side of change management is overlooked, causing 60-70% of these efforts to fail.

Implementing Positive Organizational Change explains how to develop a continuous improvement culture of change that will be perceived by employees as a positive opportunity to create something new, exciting and valuable, instead of something negative to confront and resist. This comprehensive guide describes how to communicate with and engage stakeholders and employees to gain buy-in and support, and outlines a strategic project management approach that helps ensure successful implementation and desired results.

Key Features

  • Discusses the challenges and negative perceptions of organizational change and how to overcome them, as well as best practices for continuous change and assessing organizational readiness, the use of pilot groups to help ensure change adoption, and change agents to help change stick
  • Presents guidelines for continuous communication with and engagement of employees, stakeholders, and teams involved in change initiatives that will increase the success of those initiatives
  • Explains the value of using cross-cultural and cross-generational teams to engage people in change, and the value of creating and sustaining a Change Management Center of Excellence within the organization
  • Includes practical change management examples, tips, and mini case studies to help facilitate greater understanding
  • Provides a project management approach that includes how to plan for change, and a variety of best practices for effectively managing change from the early stages of the project beyond deployment to ensure desired organizational benefits are achieved
  • WAV™ offers assessments tools, checklists, surveys/questionnaires, and templates that will enable readers to prepare for and engage employees in change within their own organizations — available from the Web Added Value™ Download Resource Center

About the author(s)

Gina Abudi has over 25 years of experience in change management, project and process management, leadership development, and human resources.  She is the President of Abudi Consulting Group, LLC, a management consulting firm serving mid-size to large global organizations. As a consultant, Gina helps businesses develop and implement strategy around projects, processes, and people. A large percentage of her time is focused on organizational change initiatives. This includes efforts such as helping global organizations kick off large complex change initiatives, setting up communication plans for change initiatives, helping to create and launch Change Management Centers of Excellence, and working with leadership to engage employees in change.

Ms. Abudi is lead author of Best Practices for Managing BPI Projects: Six Steps to Success, contributing author of Project Pain Reliever: A Just-In-Time Handbook for Anyone Managing Projects, co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Best Practices for Small Business, and a professional speaker and keynote at many regional, national, and global conferences.

Gina served on the Project Management Institute’s Global Corporate Council as Chair of the Leadership Team as well as President of the PMI Massachusetts Bay Chapter. She is considered one of the most influential executives in project management and was honored as such by being named to PMI’s Power 50 List. She currently works with the PMI Educational Foundation non-profit as a Community Engagement Member.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Leading Organizational Change

Chapter 2: Understanding Change

Chapter 3: Looking at Change from a Positive Perspective

Chapter 4: Building Change Capability in the Organization

Chapter 5: The Value of Focusing on People

Chapter 6: Leading Change Across Cultural and Generational Boundaries

Chapter 7: The Change Project

Chapter 8: Continuous Communication and Engagement in Change

Chapter 9: Continuous – But Not Chaotic – Change!

Chapter 10: Getting Started




“This book explains how to develop a continuous improvement culture of change that will be perceived by employees as a valuable opportunity instead of something negative to worry about and resist. It outlines a strategic project management approach for ensuring successful implementation and desired results, and includes mini case studies, tips, and practical examples.”

R. Max Wideman, Fellow, PMI

“This change handbook reshapes how you and your organization should adjust and shift in today’s business economy—brilliant and insightful!”

Lauran Star, CEO, LS Consulting Group

“…a terrific book that brings a very complex activity—change management—into clear focus and provides new ideas, best practices, templates, and case studies to better understand change and how to manage it!”

Francois Nadeau, Program Management Consultant

“…a great guide for anyone who needs to implement organizational change—from the simplest initiative to the most complex.”

Thomas Charles Belanger, Best-Selling Author

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