Change Associates' Review of the Year 2015

Entering the last days of the year naturally provokes a period of reflection. And as we look back on the last 12 months for Change Associates, I'm proud that it has been a year of carefully considered growth and development, built on a bedrock of original research and positive partnerships.


The first Octagon Series event of 2015 considers why so many business transformation projects go off the rails. Within the elegant environment of the Octagon room at Home House, London, former CIO of Sainsbury's, talked about his experiences. His stories of positive and less positive change provoked many shared examples from our guests. 


We release the updated research report HRIS - Delivering on the Promise. The report identifies four key elements to maximise the benefits of HRIS selection and implementation and recommends a move to SaaS systems.


We end the 2014/2015 financial year with our best ever results and ambitious plans for 2015/16.


We release our  latest research report, Performance Management - What's the Point? The research challenges established performance management techniques, highlights why so many PM systems fail and makes 19 specific recommendations for organisations looking to improve their approach to PM.


Working with our technology partners Avora Creative we release our new Performance Management app. Building on lessons from our own research the app offers a paper free way to performance manage teams wherever in the world they are located.


Satya Chumber joins us to launch our Interim Change Resource practice. With previous experience at Alexander Mann Solutions, Satya brings a clear understanding of how interim resources can complement and enhance change consulting.


Our first social event of the year saw associates and some clients joining the Portman Square street celebrations with street food, entertainment and the odd glass of wine or two.


We adopt the Primary Colours® Model of Leadership as a simple, easy to communicate view of all the tasks leaders need to do, that just feels instinctively 'right'.  We want to remain flexible in our approach but where appropriate we'll use the model and the toolkit that comes with it for: 

> Assessment
> Leadership and management development
> Team formation and development
> Talent and succession management
> Assessing change readiness


Our third Octagon Series event considers Customers, Culture and Collaboration - a community state of mind. More than 20 clients join us for dinner and debate, following a thought provoking introduction from John Knell.


Throughout the course of this year we have added more case studies to the site including one which looks at the role of an interim change resource in transforming the HR model of a national broadcaster.


Our second research report of the year poses the question: Business Transformation - Why do we keep on getting it wrong? Once again based on case study research and interviews with academics and business leaders, the report not only identifies why projects go wrong but also presents five ways to keep business transformation projects on track.


We welcome more than 70 associates to our annual Christmas celebration.  Our guest speaker, John Knell, talks about our next piece of research that looks at Customer-Centric Organisations. Due for release in the Spring, we're already getting a lot of interest in our findings.  

 John Knell at the Christmas event Clients we worked with in 2015 include:

> Avis Budget Group
> Culture Coventry
> DS Smith
> Eon
> Grant Thornton
> Hutchison Ports
> John Lewis
> London School of Economics
> Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
> Swinton Insurance
> Towers Watson
> Vodafone
> Weetabix Food Group
> Zipcar