Member Profile: Anson Leung
What do you look for in a Change Management professional? Who are you looking for?
Regardless of the position, role, and purpose, they need to have foundational knowledge in change management, like a PROSCI or certifications. From that point on, the amount of experience would depend heavily on the role or need - the more complex or higher profile, the more experienced a practitioner we would want.
Then there are the intangibles that are often critical for successfully supporting change programs: the ability to truly listen and understand (it sounds easy but it is harder than most people realize); the flexibility and adaptability to bend and pivot in shifting conditions while maintaining the core change management principles; a bridge-builder who acts as the connector of people, ideas, and circumstances; and the right mindset to continuously learn and have the self-awareness to understand one's actions and effect on situations, and their place in the bigger strategic picture.
What are some of the challenges you face in finding good people?
There are a wide range of challenges: finding people with the right mix of experience and know-how; pulling professionals from a very limited pool of people; dealing with a professional workforce that is essentially a double bell curve - a lot inexperienced and heavily experienced professionals with few professionals in the middle; looking for "diamonds in the rough" where they have the strategic outlook/mindset and yet can get dirty in the trenches to execute change activities; and attracting independent contractors to move into in-house positions.
How does your CM team do to learn from each other and collaborate to achieve great results?
- Adhere to a general approach and methodology
- Meet regularly
- Have open and honest communication
- Hold the attitude and understanding that the success of the overall practice means success for the individual
- Share best practices, ideas, and documents/examples
- Consult/use each other when we have questions, problems, and/or roadblocks
- Take the time to pause and confirm if it is the agreed way forward
- The chance to connect with other professionals in the field.
- Continuous opportunities to learn in formal settings (e.g. webinars).
- Learn from others - be it small changes or tweaks to what I am currently applying or major ideas to enhance the services we provide.
- Be part of a community that understands and shares the trials, pains, and triumphs of a profession where we often work behind the scenes and a good well done means minimal noise for stakeholders and users.