Tag: change

Doing Organizational Change Management Remotely

“Change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end.” –Robin Sharma For most organizations, teams are facing a flurry of change in 2020 – not just technology and business changes, but also lifestyle changes due to the pandemic and working…

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What Changes Will Stick?

I recently had the opportunity to lead a Change Management discussion with a local graduate school class.  During the Question and Answer portion, the discussion naturally turned to the changes that we are experiencing during the COVID-19 timeframe. The one question that stood out to…

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Leveraging Technology in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Highlands Consulting helps government clients manage digital transformation. There’s an image floating around LinkedIn and Twitter asking people “Who led the digital transformation of your company? 1. CEO; 2. CTO; or 3. COVID-19?” Many of us might circle answer #3. Change was hard before the…

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Transitioning to FI$Cal Department-Wide

Implementation of the Financial Information System for California (FI$Cal) represents massive change across the entire state. Highlands Consulting is wrapping up the second phase of a FI$Cal transition effort for a large state department. Phase one transitioned administrative staff in the Accounting, Budgets, and Procurement…

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Unexpected Change

In just two short weeks, all of our lives have changed in ways we never predicted. This post from Jason Kottke offers a list of how we are all experiencing COVID-19 in different ways. It’s a 2-minute read that helped me think beyond my individual…

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Achieving Agile Success in the Public Sector

As the Agile Methodology continues to gain momentum in the public sector, we’ve put together a list of insights to help make your next Agile project a success. Initial Scope.  Many of us rush straight into software development…because it’s Agile. But the most important step…

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Finding the (Often Hidden) Benefits of FI$Cal

Nearly all designated State departments have been using FI$Cal for at least a year now. And with such a complex system, it’s been challenging indeed. Many of us at Highlands are continuously evaluating how to help our clients take full advantage of FI$Cal and gain…

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Embracing Change at the PegaWorld Conference

Last month, Eric Norton and I attended Pega’s annual conference, PegaWorld2019, along with 5,000 professionals from across the globe. Pega is an innovative platform that has automated business processes for large and small organizations, including a growing number of State of California departments. Highlands Consulting’s…

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Thinking about Change Globally, Acting on Change Locally

I recently attended the 2019 ACMP Global Conference in Orlando with a new perspective this year. Having recently been appointed as Treasurer to the ACMP NorCal Chapter Board, my mission was twofold: to absorb the latest global thinking about change management, then to bring those…

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5 Ways to Manage Your Emotions During a Change

Maybe your organization’s big audacious goal involves changing technology and processes. Or perhaps you set some ambitious personal goals and are in the throes of marathon training or dieting. Whenever change is involved, some good, bad, and downright ugly emotions are bound to turn up.…

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