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Speaking Engagements

Predict and Prepare sponsored by Workday 12/16

The Bill Kutik Radio Show® #171, 2/15
The Bill Kutik Radio Show® #160, 8/14
The Bill Kutik Radio Show® #145, 1/14
Workday Predict and Prepare Webinar, 12/10/2013
The Bill Kutik Radio Show® #134, 8/13
CXOTalk: Naomi Bloom, Nenshad Bardoliwalla, and Michael Krigsman, 3/15/2013
Drive Thru HR, 12/17/12
The Bill Kutik Radio Show® #110, 8/12
Webinar Sponsored by Workday: "Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Business Value," 5/3/12 Audio/Whitepaper
Webinar Sponsored by Workday: "Predict and Prepare," 12/7/11
HR Happy Hour - Episode 118 - 'Work and the Future of Work', 9/23/11
The Bill Kutik Radio Show® #87, 9/11
Keynote, Connections Ultimate Partner Forum, 3/9-12/11
"Convergence in Bloom" Webcast and accompanying white paper, sponsored by ADP, 9/21/10
The Bill Kutik Radio Show® #63, 9/10
Keynote for Workforce Management's first ever virtual HR technology conference, 6/8/10
Knowledge Infusion Webinar, 6/3/10
Webinar Sponsored by Workday: "Predict and Prepare," 12/8/09
Webinar Sponsored by Workday: "Preparing to Lead the Recovery," 11/19/09 Audio/Powerpoint
"Enterprise unplugged: Riffing on failure and performance," a Michael Krigsman podcast 11/9/09
The Bill Kutik Radio Show® #39, 10/09
Workday SOR Webinar, 8/25/09
The Bill Kutik Radio Show® #15, 10/08

Keynote, HR Tech Europe, Amsterdam, 10/25-26/12
Master Panel, HR Technology, Chicago, 10/9/012
Keynote, Workforce Magazine HR Tech Week, 6/6/12
Webcast Sponsored by Workday: "Building a Solid Business Case for HR Technology Change," 5/31/12
Keynote, Saba Global Summit, Miami, 3/19-22/12
Workday Rising, Las Vegas, 10/24-27/11
HR Technology, Las Vegas 10/3-5/11
HR Florida, Orlando 8/29-31/11
Boussias Communications HR Effectiveness Forum, Athens, Greece 6/16-17/11
HR Demo Show, Las Vegas 5/24-26/11
Workday Rising, 10/11/10
HRO Summit, 10/22/09
HR Technology, Keynote and Panel, 10/2/09

Adventures of Bloom & Wallace

a work in progress

Change Management: Mar-Lin Night’s Last Sail

Naomi at helm for Mar-Lin Night's last sail 2/2007

Naomi at helm for Mar-Lin Night's last sail 2/2007

Even as we look forward to the delivery of our next boat, I lament the end of our sailing dreams.  The reasons why we really had to move from sailboat to “stink pot” are distant memories: the inability of my increasingly arthritic joints to handle the physical aspects of running a blue water sailboat, the now recognized fact that we were never going to take Mar-Lin Nights on the circumnavigation which was her birthright, and the poor fit between a blue water deep draft no A/C sailboat and our very shallow Florida waters and blasting summer heat , and that’s just for starters.    But the feel of the helm when the winds and sails are in perfect harmony and the mists rising over the Chesapeake creeks as the sun rises over a perfect anchorage are always with me. 

We’re excited about the new boat that’s coming in March, and we know it will bring us a new set of adventures on the water, but right now we’re deeply immersed in the realities of boat ownership: the costs, project management, sweat equity, hurricane season preparations, and never enough time to use her.  And so it is with any major life or business change.  What’s ahead isn’t very real, and what’s behind has had its rougher edges blurred by memory. 

The negative aspects of yesterday are easily forgotten but the good parts remain in our memories far longer and with greater clarity than they deserve.  What’s ahead, no matter how promising and how good the fit to what’s needed, is viewed inevitably from the perspective of the work needed to get there (rather than the value once you’re there) when it should be viewed from the perspective of how necessary and desirable is the destination. 

Our new boat doesn’t have a name yet, and that’s part of the change management problem, at least in my head.  I’ve got Mar-Lin Nights as a short hand for all things wonderful about boating, as a label for all those positive memories, but there’s no name yet around which to rally my dreams for new adventures.  All we’ve got now is hull #136 with which to tag the growing list of expenditures and my own performance anxieties.

The bottom line.  For me personally, who mastered the running of Mar-Lin Nights and loved the look on the faces of dock crews as I maneuvered her, in reverse, into a slip or pulled her expertly alongside a dock in high winds, I know that I’m going from master to novice with this new boat — and novice isn’t a comfortable place to be once you’ve experienced being a master.  Is it any wonder that change management is tough?

4 comments to Change Management: Mar-Lin Night’s Last Sail

  • Naomi,
    The most difficult part of change management you are past; the inflexion point from “involved” to “committed”. With time your memories of the sweltering sails aboard her will become wistful memories of the “good old days before AC”. Kinda like how quaint reading reams of green bar reports was.
    Best of luck with #136 (Mar-Lin Forever?).
    Here’s to wind in your sails…er…cheap fuel.

  • […] Naomi Bloom, at In Full Bloom, says farewell to her old sail boat and ushers in the New Year with a new craft on the horizon in Change Management: Mar-Lin Night’s Last Sail. […]

  • Naomi Bloom

    Trish, thanks so much for visiting my blog and for your encouragement. There’s a huge body of literature on change management, but I always find that the success or failure of the IT-enabled HRM change projects in which I’m involved boils down to each participant’s willingness to make the leap. The smaller the leap, the less “good” fear (love that phrase) needed. Since my work is all about the big leaps, because that’s what’s really needed if we’re going to take HRM to the next level, I’ve learned to use my whole experiences with those big personal/professional leaps to understand what I’m asking of others.

  • Congratulations on the upcoming arrival of your new boat. What you relay about change with regard to your boat definitely applies to life in general. I’ve been through several large changes from a work perspective and it certainly is easier to look back and forget all the negative aspects of the situation. It is because we have a bit of fear of the unknown, and as you say, the work involved with making a new situation work out. But, to look forward with excitement and that “good” fear is exhilarating. I love that feeling of my adrenaline flowing as I anticipate what might happen. Maybe you need to do a reader poll to suggest names for your boat. I’ll have think about my entry. Great post.

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