Leadership

I'm Carla Lewis

Helping leaders take the chance out of change!

Standing alone under the withering glare of 16 angry men, I came face-to-face with my professional destiny as it was reflected in their eyes and revealed through their scorn.

Since that encounter in September 1979, I have devoted my dual-path career—in IT and organizational change management—to eliminating any chance of recurrence of the pain, frustration, confusion, and loss experienced by those men so many years ago.

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My perspective is rich with insights and experiences from the factory floor to the C-suite. When it comes to changing what people do or how they do it, these insights and experiences are valuable assets in the quest to conquer the Challenge of Change that robs organizations of trillions of dollars every year.

Disturbing news from years of research by think tanks, consulting companies, universities, business journals: projects that change how people work fail at a staggering rate of over 70%! There is a solitary reason for these failures. And, it is NOT what you think!

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The Start Of It All

That epiphany that propelled me into my professional mission occurred on a Monday in September of 1979.

On that career-altering day, in the eyes of a room full of angry engineers, I became the face of all that was wrong with allowing women to do technical work or, really, 

anything more than secretarial support. And through no fault of theirs OR mine, I came face-to-face with a harsh reality facing any project that changes how people do their job.

The story is titled "The Fishbowl and 16 Angry Men."

And, while we've come a long way with technology, the cause of the drama and trauma of that day continues to plague (even sink!) business process change projects nearly 45 years later!

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What's the big deal?

The stigma surrounding organizational change, also known as change management, is that it is more about HR marketing and "feel good" than it is about doing the hard work that is necessary for success in helping people move from the old business-as-usual to "the new."

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That perspective cannot be further from the truth, if history and research count for anything. And here are some of those headlines as reported by leading think tanks, research organizations, and consulting firms:

  • 70+% of projects that change how people do their job fail 
  • These failures represent annual global losses in the trillions
  • 9 out of 10 project team members feel unsafe reporting project issues.

RECOGNIZE ANY OF these thought bubbles?

p.s. It's ok if you do. Awareness is the first step...

  • We are not like those companies/projects that have failed
  • It should be enough that the sponsor says they want this to happen
  • This project is non-negotiable... Just do it
  • It’s not our style to get all warm and fuzzy
  • This is overkill
  • ​My project isn't that big a deal.

Leaders are singularly accountable as the most powerful influence over the success of any project that changes how people do what they are asked to do.

Their challenge?

Managing day-to-day business as usual and leading through change are two different beasts that require taming simultaneously. And the standard leadership framework lacks critical structure for taming the 'change' beast.

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335 Haggerty Rd. #1002, Walled Lake, MI 48390

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