Office 365 Distilled EP 15: Dynamic stability

Welcome to another episode, just the one before our “sweet sixteen”. In this episode we discuss dynamic stability, and we drink 7 whiskies!

3:56 People change

After last episode, we want to continue on the idea of people change. The concepts like ADKAR talks about specific events (like rolling out Teams, or migrating from Lotus Notes) but a lot more people are starting to realise that change is a constant.

5:08: Dynamic stability

Dynamic stability is not about twisting champagne bottles, it is like riding a bicycle where you cannot stand still. But once you are moving, it is easier. It is not your natural state to stand still. (Thomas Friedman, Thank you for being late)

When you are using it for riding through the hills, the first hill up is hard, but then you can use the kinetic energy that you get from riding down to make the next uphill so much easier.

We hear from IT and managers that “oooh, the business is not ready for change”. So does that mean you can’t get them ready for change? Here is the secret: we deal with change all the time! When we drive the car we adapt to the conditions.
In a work environment, we need to prepare people for the ongoing changes in our company.

You need to get people in a positive mindset. We need to get to a certain state where change is the normal.. So there is no change.

12:28 Change is the new normal

How can we get to this new mindset? Common branding, common characters, common gamification. These could be the change agents that can get people excited for new things.

What do you do with a communications plan if you would roll out Teams in 6 months time? Would you allready roll it out? Or do you also think that they will forget about it or get anxious about it ?
Let them see the roadmap. Communicate regularly. If you don’t have anything to mention, give some tips and tricks.

21:55 Champions for everything

Would it be great to have champions that we can use for everything? Not just about 1 product, but change champions that will drive adoption for all things coming.
The champion becomes a permanent role in the team, the person that keeps everyone communicating.
The conclusion is that your capacity for change increases.

29:21 Back from Islay

This sessions story is about diversification of your organisation. Every distillery has this big mill that mills the grain. In the sixties there was this big company that would supply these mills to all distillers and breweries in the UK: Porteus

Porteus mill

The problem was that the product they made was so good, that it nearly didn’t need any repairs or spare parts.

35:13 Whisky: Glenfiddich tasting at Huis Verloo

After a great event at Huis Verloo in Antwerp (same place where we did the Bruichladdich tasting), we returned back home to discuss the wiskies we tasted.

  • Glenfiddich experiment 1: IPA
  • Glenfiddich experiment 2: XX
  • Glenfiddich 18yo
  • Glenfiddich 21 yo
  • Glenfiddich 26yo
  • Glenfiddich Fire & Cain
  • Glenfiddich 30 yo

About: Marijn

Marijn Somers (MVP) has over 14 years experience in the SharePoint world, starting out with SP2007. Over the years the focus has grown to Office 365, with a focus on collaboration and document management. He is a business consultant at Balestra and Principal Content Provider for "Mijn 365 Coach" that offers dutch employee video training. His main work tracks are around user adoption, training and coaching and governance. He is also not afraid to dig deeper in the technicalities with PowerShell, adaptive cards or custom formatting in lists and libraries. You can listen to him on the biweekly "Office 365 Distilled" podcast.

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