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The Art and Science of Transformation

By Harold M. Schroeder

Today’s business environment is rapidly changing, requiring organizations to undergo frequent transformations to remain competitive and efficient. However, major change initiatives are risky and many fail. The Art and Science of Transformation provides readers with a robust understanding of the importance of transformation. It explains what it means in practice, what the risks are, and how to implement a successful transformation initiative that delivers the desired results.

Using an “Art and Science of Transformation®” framework, in which “art” comprises the intangible or intuitive attributes and “science” consists of formal project management techniques and tools, the book provides a holistic understanding of organizational transformation, along with the key strategic and operational performance implications.

Grounded in the evidence of what actually works, this book offers a user-friendly, practical guide that can be applied to transformation in any organizational context.

  1. Introduction
  2. Drivers of Transformation
  3. Risks and Critical Success Factors in Transformation
  4. The Art and Science of Transformation®
  5. Fundamental Purpose and Transformation
  6. Transformation Value Drivers
  7. Transformational Capabilities
  8. Transformation Objectives
  9. Cultural Re-alignment and Stakeholder Engagement
  10. Performance Monitoring and Measurement
  11. Summary
  12. References

Harold Schroeder is President and CEO of Schroeder & Schroeder Inc. He holds an MBA from the York University and an MSc from the University of Toronto. He is a Fellow Certified Management Consultant (FCMC), a Project Management Professional (PMP), a Certified Health Executive (CHE), and a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP).

Harold has served a broad range of clients throughout North America and internationally, while consulting in Europe over a 4 year period. With over thirty years of experience consulting to Boards, Executives, and senior management in both public and private sectors, he is a knowledgeable strategic program advisor, project manager, and management consultant.

His long and successful career as a management consultant and as a project manager of large and complex projects is proven by his successful track record involving the development and implementation of enterprise-wide strategies, along with large-scale, enterprise-wide change transformation projects.

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Preparing for Organizational Transformation

By Harold M. Schroeder

In today’s business environment, organizations of all types must regularly transform to remain competitive and efficient. The costs and risks of organizational transformation can be very high and yet the importance of advanced preparation for a major initiative is often neglected. This book provides practical guidance to organizations on how to prepare for organizational transformations that really deliver the intended business results.

The approach uses an “Art and Science of Transformation®” framework in which the “science” consists of formal project management techniques and tools, and the “art” comprises the more intangible or intuitive skills and attributes that are essential for managing the people-related aspects of transformation. The crucial and interdependent roles of the Project Manager and the Executive Sponsor, the two key players in any transformation initiative, are discussed. Examples of practical tools for use in evaluating and improving an organization’s readiness to undergo a successful transformation are provided.

A must read for any organization preparing for a major transformation in which strategic and operational business goals must be achieved.

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Introduction
  3. The importance and Risks of Transformation
  4. The Nature and Characteristics of Transformation
  5. The Importance of Art and Science
  6. The Executive Sponsor/Project Manager Partnership
  7. Transformation – The Role of the Project Manager
  8. Transformation – The Role of the Executive Sponsor
  9. Transformation Assessment Systems and Tools
  10. Summary and Conclusion
  11. References

Harold Schroeder is President and CEO of Schroeder & Schroeder Inc. He holds an MBA from the York University and an MSc from the University of Toronto. He is a Fellow Certified Management Consultant (FCMC), a Project Management Professional (PMP), a Certified Health Executive (CHE), and a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP).

Harold has served a broad range of clients throughout North America and internationally, while consulting in Europe over a 4 year period. With over thirty years of experience consulting to Boards, Executives, and senior management in both public and private sectors, he is a knowledgeable strategic program advisor, project manager, and management consultant.

His long and successful career as a management consultant and as a project manager of large and complex projects is proven by his successful track record involving the development and implementation of enterprise-wide strategies, along with large-scale, enterprise-wide change transformation projects.

Connect with him here.

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Organizational Transformation Drivers of Change

By Harold M. Schroeder

To survive in today’s rapidly changing business environment, organizations of all types must carry out regular transformations. Evolving markets, new business models, fierce competition and tight budgets are just a few of the many factors influencing the need for major change initiatives. In this context, several key activities are emerging as important strategic functions that are driving successful transformation: collaboration, social media, operational efficiency, outsourcing, risk management, and project management.

This book explores the latest developments in these drivers of change and sets out best practice guidance on how to achieve the greatest benefits from their use while avoiding the most common pitfalls, based on a proven Art and Science of Transformation® model. Illustrated with facts, figures and real case studies throughout, and full of practical tips that are relevant to all sectors, the book is essential reading for organizational leaders, managers, and specialists involved in transforming each of these activities to achieve high levels of business performance.

  1. Organizational Transformation
  2. The Move to Collaboration
  3. Social Media as an Enabler
  4. Intense Focus on Value
  5. Increasing Specialization
  6. Risk and Risk Management
  7. The Challenge of Transformation
  8. Conclusion
  9. References

Mr. Harold Schroeder is a renowned strategic program adviser, management consultant and project manager. He has more than three decades of experience working with Boards, Executives and senior management in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Having worked for many years in politically challenging and complex environments with demanding timelines and deliverables, Mr. Schroeder is recognized by clients for his superior relationship-management, problem-solving, communication and negotiation skills.
He is experienced in also managing large and complex projects in a broad range of industries and has built a strong reputation for building organizational capacity, developing staff, achieving accountability, and delivering on results.

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