The other week I was invited to Italy to give a keynote speech on „How to get management ready for change.” With a group of 30 entrepreneurs I discussed the key lessons I took away from working with boards and market-leading companies across Europe. Over the next few weeks, I’ll share these ten lessons with you, one by one.

One hotly debated issue among international leaders and experts is this: Is there a difference between agile change management and traditional change management?

Some say change management has always been agile, so there’s no need to learn new tools and approaches. Others say: In an agile world, we need new approaches for many things – and change management is certainly one of them, as change won’t go away and it is still picking up speed.

Well, I tend to agree to the latter. (No surprises there, right?) Over the past few years, we’ve learned quite a few new perspectives and techniques from agile management, which we can put to good use in our approach to change.

To give you a clearer picture of what I’m talking about, I created this little overview. As a hands-on person always on the lookout for the most useful approaches around, I was particularly happy to pick up some insights from both sides:  from well-established concepts such as #cynefin and #ambidexterity – and from #innovators such as HRpioneers, EvaAyberk, MDI and others.

Based on: HR-Pioneers, E. Ayberk, M.Franklin, C. Lewin, and others.

I hope this overview might be inspiration to those of you who face change-related challenges on a daily basis – be it as leaders, as change agents, or simply as human beings.

And, as always, I am more than curious to learn about your perspectives on this!


Masha Ibeschitz

P.S. Stay tuned to learn more about how to cope with change in an agile world.

At top management level, things can be different than they seem. Honest feedback is rare and expectations astoundingly high. Taking a closer look at WHO you are, WHAT’s holding you back, and above all, WHERE you want to be, produces vital clarity. Reflecting on what has happened creates new space for truly important matters and enables a fresh view of the road ahead.

When reflection succeeds, it can guide like oxygen, keeping that radiant flame of yours brightly lit. And you will be able to achieve the impossible: Think beyond seemingly insurmountable obstacles – and glide over them with ease and move on to achieve your targets. Think beyond.

Successful leadership requires deep reflection.

Masha Ibeschitz, Coach & Development Guide