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Victoria Grady

Professor, The George Washington University Dr. Victoria M. Grady is an Assistant Professorial Lecturer at The George Washington University in Washington D.C., Principal Consultant at PivotPoint Business Solutions and co-author of The Pivot Point: Success in Organizational Change.
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3 Tips to Make Change ‘Stick” In Your Organization

June 12, 2013 Government is challenged by the increasing need to embrace organizational change. All types of change. Organizational change that includes attracting (and retaining) new talent at your agency, creating (and managing) new strategy to optimize performance/maximize effectiveness, weeding out duplicative programs and, maybe the most pressing current challenge, navigating (and surviving)...

Change Management vs. Change Leadership: What’s the Difference?

April 23, 2013 Organizational change is widespread in the federal government and requires both change leaders and change managers to be successful. Unfortunately, the terms change management and change leadership are often used synonymously. The lack of distinction can muddle your strategy and increase the likelihood your change initiative will fail. So what...

Consider the Stress You Cause Employees Before Changing Everything

April 2, 2013 The federal government is a fantastic example of a diverse and complicated organization challenged by the daunting task of constant change. This change carries consequences that are misunderstood and, worse, often ignored. How do you cope? Go to the source. Deeply rooted in our instinctual behavior is a predisposition to...

3 Must-Follow Tips For Successfully Implementing New Tech Initiatives

March 15, 2013 How do organizations encourage and sustain innovation in an environment plagued with words like sequestration, furlough, hiring freeze, debt default, government shutdown? Often that innovation takes the form of forcing adoption of new technologies across the organization. Which isn’t bad, but it does create a monstrous challenge in the form...

As Sequestration Looms, How to Handle Survivor’s Guilt

January 29, 2013 Furlough, retention, sequestration, hiring freeze—terms synonymous with what seems like never-ending workforce uncertainty and the frightening prospect of unwelcome change. In light of all this, “how do you keep employees motivated?” asked a reader in a recent Ask EIG column. The question came from “Anonymous” and I found myself curious:...

4 Ways to Help Your Team Deal with Change

January 16, 2013 It’s Round? NO. It’s Square? NO. It’s Green? NO. It’s Purple? The wily parrotfish is like an actor playing multiple parts in a single play…constantly changing shape, color, even gender throughout life. This revolving door of identities has long stumped scientists. As confounding as this creature is, wouldn’t it be...

Understanding How We Understand

January 4, 2013 The temporarily averted fiscal cliff, looming budget cuts, and sequestration—will it happen or not— are a just a few extreme challenges simultaneously testing our mental models or “perspectives on the world.” This would be characterized by many as constant “shift” and it can be a struggle. Business Dictionary.com defines Mental...

Best Practices Do Not Work

December 5, 2012 Many government agencies are challenged by broken change implementation processes. In a desperate attempt to add some form of structure, we grab the cookie cutter and start pressing. The problem? "Best practices" do not always fit--and many times they simply won't stick. What does the change methodology look like for...

Drive Change Using the Lurk and Listen Method

November 19, 2012 Combine the crisis de jour (fiscal cliff, political scandal, merging agencies, etc.) with the uncertainty common to organization’s experiencing change and it’s clear leaders, managers, supervisors and employees in federal government organizations are definitely challenged. In light of the accelerated pace of change in federal institutions, it is no longer...

3 Simple Steps to Manage Change and Transition

November 13, 2012 Thriving in Transition > Webcast > Surviving Cuts Regardless of the unique culture of your organization, change can be hard and often unwelcome—even if the result is supposed to be positive. As change agents, either internal or external to the organization, we are challenged with the task of implementing successful...

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