Business Change Management

Business Change Management

Andrea Simon

Andrea (Andi) Simon, Ph.D., principal and founder of Simon Associates Management Consultants (SAMC), has over 20 years’ experience as a sr. executive in the financial services and healthcare industries. A Blue Ocean Strategy® practitioner and trained in Innovation Games®, Andi brings the unique perspective of anthropology to businesses and organizations that need to “see, feel and think” in new ways.
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How Viable Is Your Past Culture To Sustain Your Organization's Future?

On Oct 12, 2022 1:01:19 PM

/ Andrea Simon

Categories: Culture Change, corporate anthropologist, culture change expert

      

I'm very pleased to announce that I will be speaking at the Enterprise Agility World Conference 2022: Where Science Meets Organizational Change. As a culture change expert, my topic is just what I love to talk about how to build an organizational culture for fast-changing times. The central theme of the conference is enterprise agility and what tools are required today to support a healthy organization. Please come! It's November 5th and 6th, and I'll be speaking at 10:45am ET on Saturday, November 5th.

My section is entitled Organizational Structure and Design for Exponential Growth and my talk is "Building organizational cultures to thrive in fast-changing times." The conference is completely virtual, so you can attend from wherever you are in the world. There are 66 speakers scheduled, speaking in 35 languages, so that the 2000+ participants will be able to hear the messages in their own language. I hope you can join, it will be great!

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“Girl, You Have To Get Your Power Back” — The WBC Action For Impact Summit

On Oct 4, 2022 6:00:00 AM

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Categories: Culture Change, women in business, women entrepreneurs, business culture, women leaders, rethinking women in business, Rethinking Women

WOW! That's how I sum up the 4th Annual Women Business Collaborative (WBC) Action for Impact Summit which took place September 21 and 22. Over the two days, I was amazed at the quality of the speakers and panels, and the excitement and energy that were so evident. From using data to achieve DEI, to rethinking your hiring, to “The Talent War is over and talent has won,” there was so much to absorb and apply to your business, your career, your life. If you missed it, the links to all the talks are below. Enjoy, and please share.

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How Can You Thrive As A Woman In A Male-Dominated Industry? 5 Steps To Follow

On Sep 22, 2022 12:21:36 PM

/ Andrea Simon

Categories: Culture Change, women in business, Rethinking Women

I started my career as an academic anthropologist, then shifted my focus to banking and then healthcare. As a consultant or an executive, I quickly found that whether it was a staff meeting, a board meeting, or a client meeting, I was often the only woman in the room. When it was my turn to make a presentation, I watched with wonder as some of the men left to get coffee. When I shared my ideas, my insights or wisdom were often ignored.

I realized that my male colleagues weren’t going to change the prevailing culture and suddenly include a woman in "how we do things here." Things had to change if they were going to accept me, listen to me, follow me. But for the culture to change, I had to be the enabler of those changes. I had to help others feel comfortable letting me be part of their team as a highly competent, albeit female, teammate. As I stated in a recent Authority Magazine interview, which you can read here, here are the strategies that helped me do that. I wrote this article to help other women better choose the firms with which to work and create the right cultures for the future in which men and women work better together.

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Ready To Help Create Equal Position, Pay And Power For All Women In Business?

On Aug 4, 2022 4:57:16 PM

/ Andrea Simon

Categories: women in business, women entrepreneurs, women leaders, Rethinking Women

Want to help change the world for working women?

Please be our guest at our 4th Annual Women Business Collaborative (WBC) Action for Impact Summit taking place virtually on September 21 and 22. Join WBC members and hundreds of business people like yourself for a day and a half of high-level panels and speakers discussing how best to create equal position, pay and power for all women. 

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The 5 Things You Need To Know To Successfully Scale Your Business

On Aug 4, 2022 6:00:00 AM

/ Andrea Simon

Categories: Culture Change, Corporate Anthropology, Blue Ocean Strategy, business growth strategies

I so enjoy my Authority magazine interviews. Not only do I get to really think about how to grow a business, change your culture, be an effective leader or become successful as a woman entrepreneur, I get to share my thoughts with all kinds of business people, either established or emerging. I love it! The most recent installment was part of the magazine's interview series, “5 Things You Need To Know To Successfully Scale Your Business.” You can read the entire interview here.

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You Will Love How Exercise And Self-Care Go Hand And Hand

On Jul 20, 2022 6:00:00 AM

/ Andrea Simon

Categories: Human Development

Regular exercise improves our physical health, decreases our risk for severe health conditions and helps us feel better emotionally. But for many of us, our lives are so full that we don't know how to add exercise to our already packed days. Neglecting our health at the expense of our busy schedules is dangerous for many reasons, but ultimately it can stop us from being the healthiest version of ourselves, both in mind and body. Understanding the impact that exercise has on our lives allows us to make intentional choices to improve our health.

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How Are You Changing How You Work? Is It Working?

On Jun 29, 2022 6:00:00 AM

/ Andrea Simon

Categories: Emerging Trends, Managing change, Corporate Culture, business change management, Leadership, business innovation

For the past two years or so, we all have been operating in a strange work environment. Many of us have experienced trying to work full-time virtual, part-time in the office, and even full-time in the office. For each of us, it has been good, bad, or none of the above, as post-pandemic work styles range from virtual to in-person to hybrid to pick your own style, causing business leaders to hide or run for cover...or in some cases, listen carefully for new solutions.

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You Can Find Joy And Happiness In Turbulent Times!

On Jun 22, 2022 6:00:00 AM

/ Andrea Simon

Categories: women leaders, Rethinking Women, Human Development, self-care, happiness


With all that's going on today and in your world, do you sometimes feel down? Overwhelmed? Wishing there was a way to feel happy, joyful, fulfilled?

Me too. That's why I was thrilled to be interviewed recently by Authority magazine for its interview series "Finding Happiness and Joy During Turbulent Times." They're talking with experts, business leaders, authors and mental health professionals who share lessons from their research and experience about how to find happiness and joy during troubled and turbulent times. And boy, aren't those the times we're living in. You can read the interview here.

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Businesses Must Sustain Diversity And Inclusion For Women

On Jun 15, 2022 6:00:00 AM

/ Andrea Simon

Categories: business growth strategies, Leadership, women leaders, Rethinking Women, Human Development

As I waited to present to a group of male CEOs at a conference, I listened to several men complaining about how hard it was for them to attract a diverse workforce and integrate them into their current culture. One man said: "It took me three months to finally find a capable woman of color. She was great but lasted three months. She just didn't fit with the rest of the company. What am I going to do? My board is urging me to diversify and change my organization. Where do I begin?"

Probably a familiar story requiring new leadership skills

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How To Be A Highly Effective Leader During Turbulent Times: The Five Things You Need To Know

On Jun 14, 2022 10:09:59 AM

/ Andrea Simon

Categories: business leadership

I love being interviewed by Authority Magazine, mainly because I am always asked thought-provoking questions which lead to really insightful discussions about women in business, leadership, culture change, workplace transformation and what's coming next. The most recent interview was part of Authority magazine's interview series, “Five Things You Need To Be A Highly Effective Leader During Turbulent Times.” You can read the entire interview here.

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