I’ve been away for a couple of days running a session on change management for some clients. We went through a number of models, tool and techniques. To demonstrate one of them I dreamt up a fictitious NHS trust.
The trust had an unflappable but slightly aloof Chief Executive called David, a bright and personable deputy CEO called Nick, a penny-pinching Finance Director called George, a steely HR Director called Theresa, a somewhat burdened Operations director called Vince, a Corporate Affairs Director called Ken, a former CFO brought out of semi-retirement to give the executive team some gravitas, and a Medical Director called Andrew who had some really wild ideas. For good measure, I included two grandee Non-Execs called Michael and Norman, a Matron called Sarah and a stroppy Ward Manager called Nadine.
Using the fictitious organisation to illustrate the approach worked. People understood the model and the tools that went with it. The exercise that followed went well.
But, alas, nobody got the joke!!
Oh well, better luck next time.