Change Consultants & Engagement

With the level of uncertainty that is currently present defining what will serve a business and provide a level of consistency is the task at hand. The current marketplace conditions for many businesses could be described as stagnant.

The time is ripe for questioning assumptions, behaviors, beliefs and processes. Finding a way to engage and re-structure is imperative. Suggestions to focus the discussion and begin the change process follow.

  1. Address what is actual in the operation of the business.
  2. Bring measurement tools to the forefront.
  3. Work within the sphere of influence you have and focus on attainable daily tasks.
  4. Ensure your communication is understandably at every level of the organization.
  5. Circle back and clarify as often as is necessary ensuring everyone is on the same wavelength.

Changes occur with action. Keep the momentum moving. Build on your wins and take the time to celebrate each of your successes along the way.

Marie-Helene Sakowski, Consultant – Change & Transition,

Uncertainty Creates Potential for Countless Breakthroughs

For many of the 4 billion people around the globe who are now working from home, or practicing personal distancing and having contact only with the people they live with or those who are providing essential services it has been a period of 4 – 6 weeks.

Having had the breakdown – it is time to embrace having multiple breakthroughs. Some businesses have done this in retooling manufacturing lines to produce various products including hand sanitizers, masks, ventilators to name a few items.

The question becomes what breakthroughs are waiting to come forth in terms of new dynamics in work and life?  Now I am referring to a breakthrough by the definition of overcoming something and having an achievement.

One area of breakthroughs will involve food services. Another will involve bricks and mortar offices and retail areas. Travel and tourism industries will be revised. Trucking and railway transportation of goods for import and export will be different. Growth and distribution of food stuffs will be impacted. Greater emphasis on local will become prevalent. The list goes on.

What areas has your business model looked at in terms of causing a breakthrough? 

Marie-Helene Sakowski, Transitioning Change –

Endurance is Necessary Navigating Uncertainty

A definition of endurance – is the ability or strength to continue or last, especially despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions. This period of uncertainty is currently challenging the economic and social frameworks that most people, whatever their line of work, are familiar with.

At this juncture many companies are in the process of streamlining their operational activities. That includes temporary closures of facilities including another round of workers receiving lay off notices or reduced hours of work. The salaries of workers are also being cut.

Governments have stepped in are providing assistance that is being rolled out as quickly as possible. As the present situation continues to unfold – endurance is an absolute necessity. Now is the time to continue to preserve through the adverse conditions.

 It is the time when staying power is required to sort through the remnants of what remains as building blocks for what is emerging and has yet to become apparent. It is the time when individuals and the general society in which we live must gather our collective strength and continue despite the fatigue, stress, and ever-present uncertainty.

Marie-Helene Sakowski, Transitioning Change –