Change projects – Which sounds more like your projects?

Viking ships


Changes ultimately come to life through the individuals who have to do their jobs differently as a result of a project or initiative. Whether the project involves a process impacting 15 people, a new technology impacting 150 or a transformation impacting 15,000 – the success of the project is inextricably linked to the success of each of those individuals. Did they get on board, or did they stay on the shore?

This tutorial shares artwork Prosci commissioned from Bill Cigliano in an attempt to visually depict one change where the people side was managed effectively and one where it was not. In both cases, a beautiful Viking ship was constructed. However, in one that ship was left isolated and empty, while in the other the ship was full of life and people who “got on board“. Below is the artwork and the types of things you might hear from a project leader in each situation.

About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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