ACMP Toronto May 2015 Newsletter

Advancing the discipline of change management in the GTA
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May 2015 Newsletter

President's Message

Welcome to our May newsletter. This month is such a great opportunity to see new beginnings, rebirths and revitalisation and not only in nature but in many other areas. For our chapter it is a time to welcome new board members as we close out our elections process. We are also preparing for the annual general meeting and having our board mid-year chapter strategy development meeting.
I’m always interested to hear from members and potential new members and this month I’d like you to contribute to our planning sessions by telling me what value you look to from the chapter. Email me at the address below and let me know your thoughts.
We had a couple of successful coffee klatches to reflect on the ACMP global content over the last few weeks and the AGM is coming up in June which will also include a great professional development opportunity I’m looking forward to. I hope you can join me for this, registration details are below.
The chapter will have a presence at the Project World/Business Analyst World event at Metro Toronto Convention Centre from May 25-26th. If you are attending do call by our stand in the main hall and encourage others to come and see us there.
See you on June 11th at the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon!
Best Regards

Rich Batchelor
President, ACMP Toronto Chapter

ACMP Toronto Chapter AGM & June Event:
Welcoming Guest Speaker Michael Bungay-Stanier of Box of Crayons

Please join us for our ACMP Toronto Chapter AGM with guest Speaker Michael Bungay-Stanier of Box of Crayons ( We will share ACMP Chapter updates while Michael promises to inspire us all to challenge our thinking around change leadership; how can we do less GOOD work, and more GREAT work?
Date:         Thursday June 11, 2015
Time:          6:30pm – 9:00pm
Location:   The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library
                    789 Yonge St. Toronto, Ontario,  M4W 2G8
Free for ACMP Toronto Chapter Members!
$25 for non-members
Members are encouraged to take this opportunity to refer a friend/colleague to the event for the non-member rate of $25.00. For each referral, members will be entered into a draw for a prize.

Join us for an evening guaranteed to inform and inspire.


ACMP Global Conference Coffee Klatches

We were pleased to have a number of you attend out coffee klatches in the past month. Here we discussed the content of the global conference, using the experience of those that attended to share their thoughts with those unable to attend this year.

Lively conversations and great thinking about the range of topics, structure style and focus areas were abundant. All attendees were able to contribute to the conversation and make real the ability to advance the discipline of change management through lively discussion.

Thank you to all who contributed and we look forward to more of these informal conversations on future topics and events.

Defining Change: Telling a Compelling Story

Most change management practitioners would agree that telling a compelling story is one of the key building blocks of a successful change strategy.  We all know that, in order to prompt a change, there are important details which must be communicated – a clear vision for the future, a convincing reason why the change is necessary, what needs to be done in order to make the change happen, and so on.  Much time and effort is often spent on fine tuning these messages, with the goal of creating something that will “resonate” with stakeholders.  However, we often overlook the fact that how we tell the story is just as important (if not more so) than what we’re saying.
Even the most logically irrefutable case for change will fall flat if it fails to captivate your audience’s attention.  Convincing someone of the need to change often requires an emotional response – we need to get to people’s hearts and not just their minds.  Traditional mass communication vehicles (executive speeches, email blasts, intranet postings, etc.) are invaluable for day-to-day information sharing, but these impersonal channels are not necessarily the most engaging or attention-grabbing.  People often learn the most, or have the greatest personal reaction when they’ve experienced something, rather than just having been told about it.  A real-life experience will always stand out in people’s minds far more than a statistics-laden infographic they’ve read. 
As an example, check out Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.  Jamie is a celebrity chef with a goal of improving people’s health by changing the way they eat – certainly a daunting challenge from a change management perspective.  However, by telling his story in many different ways over time, and setting up highly-engaging experiences for people to see and feel the change first-hand, he’s able to make his point heard.  It’s this kind of storytelling that sticks with people, and provides effective inspiration to consider making change happen.   
So, in your current change management initiative, what can you do to help turn your story from something people passively receive, to something they can actively do?

Upcoming Local Events

We are pleased to be partnering with the following local events and offering you a discounted registration rate.
  • ProjectWorld*BusinessAnalystWorld Toronto is being held from May 25th – 28th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. PW*BAW Toronto provides four days of exclusive education and networking. Participants learn from the industry’s best – and from each other. This year’s program features two dedicated Change Management tracks, along with five dedicated workshops. Enter group code ACMP for your savings!

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When we do what we have to do we are compliant.  When we do what we choose to do we are committed.
 - Marshall Goldsmith

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