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Organizations, like any other structures, can become outdated in vision, culture, processes, or structure. When an organization no longer fits its surroundings and stakeholder needs, its very existence is at risk.

Change Takes Planning and Support

A series of meetings can be designed and facilitated to inaugurate and generate intentional change. The work may involve a few people or an entire organization system. It is also essential to plan and support implementation of change to sustain the new benefits.

Write it Down

If you are looking for this kind of support, you probably already know something needs to change or that something seems to be missing. Write down what you know and who is affected by or could help with this issue. Then write a few thoughts about the implications of NOT addressing the issue. If there are no implications, there may not be enough “energy” to change anything.

The Process

The basic parts of a change process are:

  • Data gathering
  • Purpose identification
  • Change process design
  • Execution
  • Review
  • Support

Change Takes Time

Complex, large system projects can take two or more years. Smaller changes can take a few months. One approach is to contract for initial data gathering and purpose identification before entering a contract for the change process itself. Budgets are typically based on a daily rate and can also be based on the overall project. This kind of work can be expensive, but as one client told me recently, the benefits are still evidence ten years later.

If you are considering hiring me to assist with a major organizational change, please begin by visiting my webpage on Getting Started with Organizational Change.


  1. Sam,

    I love, just love the heading on your website “Polishing the Mirror”!! It creates all types of thoughts and I love it…great poetic words! You have reminded me to find and read more of your poetry in “Fully Human” – perfect timing!


    Sue Stevenson

    1. My gosh, Susan. How great to hear from you! How is life? Where are you? What are you doing in coaching and photography? I have an intention, but little action so far, to create a book with coaching, poetry and photography. Possible title: The Poetics of Coaching. One of the images I’ve developed draws on Ansel Adams Zone System. I call it “Increasing the dynamic range of coaching through coaching supervision”. Now it’s just the discipline of writing! Argh. I do have a target for June, 2014, because I’m speaking on this at a UK conference on supervision.

      Do stay well and let me know about you.

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