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Change managers 'cannot cling to old ideas'

16 August 2011

An ability to embrace new ideas is essential to the success of change management projects, according to an expert.

Kaveh Nafiecy, a partner and management coach at boutique consulting firm Philosophy IB, told Human Resource Executive Online that companies may need to change their business outlook in order to succeed.

When undertaking change management, companies cannot afford to be nostalgic about older models of operation that have worked in the past, nor can they be afraid of looking weak by changing their mind when new evidence comes to light, he said.

On the other hand, leaders should also not be too keen to abandon all previous structures and should be prepared to be analytical about retaining the best aspects of existing models.

"When a leader has an open mind and engages in meaningful journey of self-exploration and learning, I have seen even the most ingrained poor behaviour corrected," Mr Nafiecy said.

Earlier this month, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development highlighted staff coaching as another key element of successful change management.

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