bmgt364.10.11.2010

bmgt364.10.11.2010 - Former Student Change I am a former...

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© 2006 Robert H. Smith School of Business University of Maryland Former Student – Change I am a former management student of yours and I was hoping that you could give me some advice on how employees can go about implementing change. Since graduating from UMD last spring I have started working with a small advertising agency in ……. While the work that we produce for our clients is very professional and impressive, internally the company is a mess. It is very difficult to go about proposing new ideas due to what I call "internal bureaucracy" , and processes that should take hours to complete take months. As a new hire, I have a lot of ideas for improving efficiency within the company as well as new ways in which we can expand our current product/service offerings. However, I can foresee that my company may not be too thrilled with the "new guy" attempting to implement dramatic change.
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© 2006 Robert H. Smith School of Business University of Maryland As I am by far the youngest and least experienced employee within the company I feel that my ideas may either be overlooked or taken as criticism towards the current systems that we have in place. I would really appreciate it if you had any suggestions on ways to go about submitting/implementing my ideas in order to inspire change within this company. I know that our ad agency has a lot to offer our clients, and this is evident in the work that we do; however, given a proper internal "makeover", our agency could drastically increase its efficiency and overall output. I really appreciate you taking the time to help out a former Van Munching student. Thank you.
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© 2006 Robert H. Smith School of Business University of Maryland Organizational Change Can People Change When it is a Matter of Actual Life or Death?
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© 2006 Robert H. Smith School of Business University of Maryland Change or Die “What if a well-informed, trusted authority figure said you had to make difficult and enduring changes in the way you think and act? If you didn't, your time would end soon. Could you change? You wouldn't change.” Yes, you say? Try again. Yes? You're probably kidding yourself. The scientifically studied odds: nine to one that you will not change.
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© 2006 Robert H. Smith School of Business University of Maryland Five Myths about Change Myth 1 – Crisis is a powerful impetus for change. Reality – 90% of patients who’ve had coronary bypasses don’t sustain changes in the unhealthy lifestyles that worsen their severe heart disease and greatly threaten their lives. Myth 2 – Change is motivated by fear. Reality – It’s too easy for people to go into denial of the bad things that might happen to them. Compelling, positive visions of the future are a much stronger inspiration for change. Myth 3
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This note was uploaded on 02/07/2012 for the course BMGT 364 taught by Professor Wellman during the Fall '08 term at Maryland.

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bmgt364.10.11.2010 - Former Student Change I am a former...

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