Approaches to change: building capability and confidence

Yesterday I got the press release for the toolkit I wrote earlier this year. It's just been published and the press release reads as follows:

"New, practical 'change tool' from the CIPD, designed to help organisations gain confidence to adapt and grow

Change and re-organisation should mean 'business as usual' for organisations in 2010, but for many it remains a challenge, particularly in difficult economic times. The launch of the latest addition to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's (CIPD) collection of practical tools, focusing on change, re-organisation and the role of HR professionals within this context, will help organisations adapt and build towards a sustainable future.

The tool, Approaches to change: building capability and confidence, allows the user to think through the issues affecting their organisation, with diagnostic exercises and checklists to complete. It is designed to help HR generalists and business partners who are working to develop change management capability and supporting their staff in coping with a planned disruptive change.

The new tool draws on current thinking and includes up-to-date examples of good practice from a range of case study organisations, including: Oxfam, Cancer Research UK, RCT Homes and Azko Nobel.

The tool allows the user to:

Expand their knowledge and skills on concepts and applications of approaches to organisational change
Provide a seven-step flexible framework for understanding organisational change
Deliver a high quality change management service to clients

Rebecca Clake, Research Adviser, CIPD, says, "This new tool offers a practical and interactive way for HR professionals to plan, prepare and manage organisational change. We feel this new tool will benefit HR practitioners working to manage and minimise any adverse effects from change, particularly in the public sector, which is facing a potentially challenging period of change following the spending review."

Naomi Stanford, author of Approaches to change: building capability and confidence, says, "The prospect of major business transformation can raise concerns for HR practitioners. However this change tool will help them work through scenarios, diagnose problems and develop a coherent strategy, minimising any potentially challenging issues."

NOTE: This practical web based tool: Approaches to change: building capability and confidence is a CIPD member only service and members can download it at