Wanted: Change Manager

I often read job ads for titles such as:

- Process Change Manager
- Implementation Change Manager
- Change Control Manager
- Configuration Change Manager
- Project Change Manager

The common theme? All are change managers.

Regardless of function or level, all managers today are change managers to one degree or another. My advice: If you don't like change, don't enter the field of management.

I think we are well into the 21st century era of management. And its chief characteristic? Change.

Everything is changing. Technology, globalization, diversity. All changing at the same time. Accelerating too. And it's not going to stop anytime soon.

At one time, it was commonplace to say that organizations were looking for problem solvers to hire. Now I'd daresay the new ticket to the ball is: Are you a versatile and adaptable change manager? Are you a transitionist?

This is good news, by the way, for people in certain change-oriented fields, such as mine, Organization Development, where practitioners are adept at facilitating transitions to change.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, November 28, 2008

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