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Art Worster on Transforming Your Business

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Art Worster is a consultant and author who has just published a book called Maximizing Return on Investment Using ERP Applications. He is also an old friend and colleague who I met back in the 1980's when we both worked for a large Germany-based chemicals company.

The book, co-written with Thomas Weirich and Frank Andera, industry experts in business process improvement, looks at ways that enterprise resource planning (ERP) programs can drive business improvement and success.

I recently interviewed Art and we spoke about such things as organizational change, culture, systems thinking, leadership, and engagement.

Q. You talk about an integrated approach to business transformation. Can you be more specific about what you mean by, or include in, that comment?

A. Thanks, Terry. Our book “Maximizing Return on Investment Using Enterprise Resource Planning Applications” talks about the exposure of fundamental business logic across functions that becomes illuminated by adoption of int…

Marcella Bremer on Changing the Culture of Your Company

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Marcella Bremer is a consultant and author based in the Netherlands who has just published a book called "Organizational Culture Change: Unleashing your Organization's Potential in Circles of 10." I had the pleasure of speaking with her via skype and asking her about her work and her book.

Here then is a short interview with Marcella Bremer, followed by more information about her and her book.

What is culture change and why would a company do it?

“Culture change is a label for behavior change. Why would you change behaviors? There are many reasons why. Employee turnover is one symptom. Losing a major account is another. Only a few companies have the visionary leadership to see change far ahead. Most do not change. They wait until they feel the pressure. Until they are standing upon the burning platform. Then they must change, whether they like it or not.”

What mistakes do companies make in this regard?

“75% of Organizational Change programs fail because their approach is t…