TORONTO, Sept. 15, 2017 /CNW/ - Last month, Canadian executive Brad Fauteux launched a new consulting practice as a way to leverage his expertise in leadership development, organizational design, business development, and relationship and financial management.
Change management, with a particular emphasis on transformational change, is also a service focus of Brad Fauteux's consulting practice because of considerable interest in its implications by business and environmental communities.
"There are so many myths about change management that can impact how well such initiatives succeed," Fauteux explained. "Traditional project management tools can work well when developmental and transitional change are the end goals. But, transformational change is more challenging and difficult to achieve. That is why so many organizations need help with it."
Developmental change is primarily intended to improve current skills or processes, like sales or service quality, rather than creating something new. Transformational change, on the other hand, involves dismantling current ways of doing things, even as the new state is being transitioned in. This can mean changing culture, strategy, structure and process all while continuing to deliver products and services to clients.
Brad Fauteux further explains that transformational change can be difficult to manage for several reasons. "For one, many times organizations don't know what they are aiming to achieve at the outset. That becomes clearer over time as they gather new information during the process," he said.
"Also, the change process can't consistently be managed through linear or time-bound plans. It emerges as you go, and that can be hugely uncomfortable for those operating within that kind of uncertainty," Fauteux added.
"In addition, the nature of transformation is such that it's not just processes that are going to be radically different. Thinking, mindsets and cultures must shift substantially to support the invention of a new future. And that's something that often requires an outside perspective to push through," he said.
Brad Fauteux undertook various change management projects while serving as the Managing Director of Ontario Parks. While at Ontario Parks, he was responsible for 2,500 employees, oversaw a $90 million operating budget and a $1.5 billion capital portfolio.
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