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Changing Ways of Working
Many of us are wrestling with the extraordinary shift in our ways of working. After making big changes as COVID-19…
AfinitiFEST 2020
Afiniti is delighted to announce that we have raised another £5,000 for charity From Coachella, to Glastonbury, to T in…
Afiniti Recognised as Top Learning Provider 2020 by LPI
Afiniti is delighted to announce that it has been recognised as one of the top 30 highest-performing learning providers 2020…
Keeping People at the Heart
As we continue down this unfamiliar path, where the long-established ways of working have rapidly changed, the need for openness,…
Transformation – Where Do We Start?
So, you want to transform your business? Perhaps you have already decided that technology is the key. You have started…
In It for the Long-Haul – Sustaining Change
One of the hardest parts of successful change is sustaining it beyond delivery. Investing in change should of course mean…
Supporting Our Clients. Supporting Each Other.
There is no doubt that COVID-19 has majorly impacted all our lives, and particularly the most vulnerable in our society.…
What Is a Learning Culture and What’s It Got to Do With Business Change?
Change as the new norm requires organisational agility, an ability to capitalise on opportunities, deal with challenges, and disrupt rather…
Afiniti Accredited as Gold Standard Learning Provider by LPI
Afiniti has been awarded the status of ‘Gold Accredited Learning Provider’ for the 17th consecutive year, for its commitment to high quality…
Afiniti in Financial Times Report on UK’s Leading Management Consultants 2020
For a third year running, Afiniti has been named in the Financial Times special report ‘UK’s Leading Management Consultants 2020’…
Sustainability and Business Change
Ah sustainability. The watchword of business across the globe, plastered across everything from boxes of tea and packets of salmon, to…
Digital Transformation – Adoption Pull Not Delivery Push?
In the first and second blogs of this series on how Business Change needs to adapt to be effective for digital transformation, we set…
Digital Transformation – Focus on Culture, Not Using Technology?
Recently, we looked at how Business Change around digital transformation should be different, we highlighted some of the ways in…
Digital Transformation – Transforming Everything but Business Change?
Oh the (virtual) ink that’s been expended on what we think of as Digital Transformation over the past 20 years! …
Afiniti Triumphant Again at the IOIC Awards Event
Afiniti are delighted to once again receive an Award of Excellence from the Institute of Internal Communications (IoIC) at their…
Afiniti Top 20 Again for Learning and Performance Solutions
Afiniti is excited to feature, for the second year running, in the Learning and Performance Institute’s (LPI’s) eBook of the Top…
Creating a Great Change Communications Strategy
Research and statistics show that communications strategy and planning is still an area that many organisations can make big improvements…
Decoding Agile Terminology
We’ve had a lot of positive interest in our recent blogs focusing on the hot topics of Agile and agile. But we’ve also…
There’s More to Business Change Than the Business
Afiniti’s Change Readiness Assessment tool is built around six ‘levers’ that we see well developed in organisations that are change ready.  One…
Afiniti Ranked Amongst Leading Management Consultants in the UK for Second Year
For the second year in a row, Afiniti has been ranked among the very best, in the FT’s annual report…
Afiniti Gain LPI Gold for 15th Year
Afiniti have been accredited as a Gold Standard learning provider for the 15th consecutive year by the Learning and Performance Institute (LPI).…
The Importance of Integrated Project Planning
There are many contributing factors which determine project success, but in large programmes an easily-followed, robustly-integrated planning process is a…
Showing up as a Change Leader
In the first blog in this series, we talked about the challenges of being a change leader and how to prepare for…
Afiniti Raises £2,000 for Honeypot Children’s Charity
2018 certainly was a busy year for Afiniti’s fundraisers – seeing us smash last year’s grand total – raising £2,000…
Merging Cultures – What Do We Do When Organisations Come Together?
Organisations come together for a variety of reasons including, joint venture, merger, takeover, or a project with different stakeholder groups.…
Afiniti Win an IOIC Award of Excellence
Afiniti is pleased to announce that we’ve received an Award of Excellence at the Institute of Internal Communications (IoIC) Awards 2018,…
Change Management Within an Agile Project Environment
In a previous blog we explored what it means to work with an agile mindset– to be nimble and flexible –…
Culture Change Series #3: How Do You Go About Changing Organisational Culture?
In previous blogs in our Culture Series we’ve looked at five reasons why organisations should pay more attention to culture during change…
The Importance of Storytelling for Business Change
With continual change becoming the new norm for modern business, the chances are, no matter what industry or sector you…
Afiniti Ranked in the Top 20 Highest-Performing Learning Providers 2018 by the Learning and Performance Institute (LPI)
Afiniti is proud to feature in the LPI’s new eBook outlining the Top 20 highest-performing learning providers. Distilled from the thousands…
Culture Change Series #2: What Is Organisational Culture, and Why Does It Matter?
In the previous blog in this series we highlighted five reasons why organisations should pay more attention to culture in change initiatives.  But…
Change Management Tips – Building the User Journey
You may have heard the term ‘change journey’ before.  This describes the phase that an organisation will go through in…
Afiniti Raises £1,400 for the Honeypot Children’s Charity
2017 was Afiniti’s first year supporting The Honeypot Children’s Charity. From bake sales to sponsored runs, colleagues and friends of…
Culture Change Series #1: Five Reasons Why Culture Is Integral to Business Change
How many change programmes integrate work on organisational culture?  We increasingly think ‘not enough’. There are some obvious reasons why…
Afiniti Ranked Among the UK’s Leading Management Consultants 2018
In the recent, inaugural, UK’s Leading Management Consultants 2018 report, published by Statista in partnership with the Financial Times, Afiniti…
Change Management to Help You Win the Battle Against Shadow IT
Shadow IT has plagued IT teams for a while now and employees won’t stop using multiple apps any time soon.…
If You’re Thinking About Cyber Security, You Should Also Think About Behaviour Change
It’s no longer an option to view cyber attacks as something that happens to someone else, some other organisation, or…
Compelling Communications – the Key to Successful Business Change
Compelling communications are vital if your change programme is to be a success. Even if your business change involves a…
Vblog: Afiniti’s Top Tips for Creating User-Generated Content
Looking for a Way to Engage Your Internal Audience Groups? User-generated content offers a cheaper, smarter, more authentic alternative to…
Four Ways to Create Communications Tools That Last
Those of us who work in communications frequently support our organisation through major change. And for change managers, often the…
What Tools Do IT Managers Need to Successfully Manage Change?
As well as routine project management and IT programmes, IT managers are often tasked with the people elements of change…
How Does Change Management Fit With Project Management?
There is, understandably, some confusion about how change management activities sit alongside project management. After all, project management provides for…
Agility – Moving Beyond the Buzzword
Why adopt an agile mindset? A lot of our clients appreciate the benefits of adopting an agile mindset, as well…
How Change Management Reduces Resistance to Change
Resistance to change must always be anticipated. Happily, change management ensures you are prepared when it happens. Change management is…
Good Practice Reminders for Writing Your Communications Strategy
Come on, be honest, how many times have you googled ‘How to write a communications strategy’?  I admit I have…
Effective Change Networks
During business change initiatives, Change Champions and / or change networks are well established, not controversial, and often of huge…
A Communications Strategy to Get Your Project Heard
Three effective ideas that will help your communications strategy get your project heard across a busy change environment. When we…
Making Change Stick by Getting the Whole Team on Board
“People don’t resist change. They resist being changed!” – Peter Senge. No matter how capable a new piece of technology, or how…
How to Get the Best Out of Internal Communications During Business Change
During a major business change and transformation there is often a need to bring in expertise and resource capacity from…
Essential Elements of a Change Management Strategy
“Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.” – Niccolo Machiavelli. The constant struggle to stay ahead of…
The Impact of Storytelling on Your Change Programme
Storytelling is one internal communication trend that keeps on gathering pace. Everyone likes a good story, and stories can be…
Employee Engagement Tips for Business Change
Effective employee engagement within a project or programme of change is vital in making business change stick. When developing an employee…
Afiniti Win the IOIC Award for Live Event: Internal
Afiniti is delighted to announce winning the Best in Class for Internal Live Event at the annual IoIC (Institute of Internal Communications)…
The Social Network: Discovering Informal Change Leaders
When undertaking a change project, whether it be technological or process based, we always look to build a change network…
Five Principles of Good Project Governance
When running large change programmes, good governance is what will protect investment, provide assurance and give control to the organisation…
The Emergence of Immersive Learning
Upon hearing ‘immersive simulation’ you might think about unflattering virtual reality helmets, Sim City or any other gamer role play, but immersive learning…
Can Mlearning Work for Business Change?
You have a smart-phone, right?  Maybe more than one.  A tablet?  iPad, Nexus, Galaxy Note, Surface? If so, you’re carrying a…
Common Presentation Mistakes
Giving a presentation to your client can be one of the most nerve-wracking experiences a consultant can go through. It’s pretty…
Should I Be Using Agile Project Management for Change?
Everyone’s talking about Agile project management, and it’s reported to be 3 times more successful than other techniques. So, do…
The Importance of Integrated Planning
APM’s latest research suggests only 22% of projects are wholly successful – so let’s get the basics right! There are…
How to Communicate With Your Change Army
The Terracotta Army of 8000 warriors took 720,000 people over 37 years to build. The original vision for this was…
Person-Centred Business Change
How many therapists does it take to change a light bulb?  Apparently just one, but the bulb must want to…
Mindfulness as a Must-Have in Change Management
Change is tough on people. So how can change management, with its focus on people, use mindfulness to encourage awareness…
Why Do We Cringe at Corporate Values?
Ask someone to recite their organisation’s values and the chances are they’ll look embarrassed. They might say “integrity” or “trust,”…
4 Things to Consider During Project Planning
During projects, a whole host of things can go wrong: scope creep, lack of commitment from your sponsors, resistance to change…
Top Tips for Motivating People During Change
The rapid pace of change means that inspiring people and giving them what they need to succeed has never been…
Why Is Measuring Internal Communications Often Overlooked?
The value of measuring internal communications can’t be understated, particularly in times of change. So why the reluctance? Many people feel they’ve…
Five Tips for Reducing the Impact of Redundancies
Large scale redundancies are all too common in business, especially in the North Sea at the moment. They mean huge uncertainty…
Uncovering the Secret Change Network
There’s no denying the power of the change network in accelerating and embedding change. But are you sure you know how…
Avoiding Silos When Delivering Change
What happens in your organisation when a change is implemented; particularly a change involving both system and process? Typically, a…
Is Resistance to Change Really a Bad Thing?
Research states that the failure of many change programmes can be traced directly to employee resistance to change [1] It is…
How to Use Interactive Video Learning to Engage Users
Interactive video gives learners an active role in the direction and content of learning material; especially useful if they are…
How Falling Oil Prices Can Boost Employee Engagement
It may come as a surprise but the streamlining going on in the North Sea oil industry is giving people…
Afiniti and Network Rail Get Gold at the LPI Learning Awards 2015
Afiniti and Network Rail received the Gold Award for External Learning Solution of the year at the LPI’s Learning Awards…
Learning in a World of Constant Change
People now have to go through constant change in their work environment. How can we make sure learning engages users…
Putting Your Team on the Map
Is your team not getting the recognition and place within the business it deserves? Then you could benefit from team branding.…
Getting the Message Across During Change
You’re trying to explain what change management is.  The person you’re talking to doesn’t get it.  They question why companies…
Five Ideas for Increased Wellbeing at Work
What links Christmas, penguins and wellbeing? According to HR Grapevine, John Lewis’s Monty the Penguin advert is a good example of…
Afiniti Raises £4543 for Charity Dreamflight
Afiniti raised £4543 during 2014 for Dreamflight, its charity of the year. Dreamflight changes young lives through taking seriously ill and…
How Can Kaizen Help Us Deliver Better Change?
Can Kaizen, the Japanese theory of ‘good change’ bring people together at all levels in a business for faster, continual…
Measuring the Right Thing in Performance Management
Ever feel like your performance management is a bit of a box ticking exercise? You’re not on your own. A…
Afiniti Client TAQA Is Highly Commended for Employee Engagement
We are delighted that our client TAQA has been highly commended for employee engagement at the CorpComms Awards 2014. Angus Murray from TAQA with…
How to Inspire People With Business Change
We all know that a business’s long-term success often comes down to its people. It’s the employee’s belief in a…
Social Learning: ‘A Course Without an End’
In my previous blog I talked about Social Learning and knowledge-sharing as a facet of an organisations culture and identity; something that…
Social World but Unsocial Workplace? Trust in Collective Wisdom
Social Learning has very often been a ‘bolt-on’ to learning. So what’s needed to successfully implement Social Learning? Forums or chatrooms…
Dealing With Resistance to Change – 5 Things That Work
Why do we so often resist change, even when, deep down, we know it’s for the best? Changing a long-held…
You Can’t Make Me Change
In my last blog, I wrote about London buses going cashless, and how that change was pushed through, even though…
Basic Instinct. Four Theory-Free Rules for Employee Engagement
There are plenty of tools to support our change programmes, and the most effective of these is the one we…
Building Trust in Times of Corporate Change
During business change, there can be great uncertainty and trust becomes more important than ever before. So how can we…
Dreamflight Presents Afiniti’s Kirsten Walker With Award
he charity Dreamflight takes 192 seriously ill and disabled children on a trip of a lifetime to Florida each year. The…
Using the Power of Leadership and Change to Tackle Tesco’s Crisis
If there’s one thing Tesco’s reporting meltdown tells us, it’s that the only way to stay profitable is to be…
How Can Introverts and Extroverts Bring Out the Best in Each Other?
The differences between them can cause real problems on a project. Here’s a guide to spotting issues early and what…
Offline Communications – What Are Your Options?
Good, effective communications need to be online don’t they? Online is a popular option. But when it comes to business…
Forcing Change Through
Sometimes change takes place whether it is popular or not. At 04:30am on the 6th of July, London Buses stopped taking…
Getting People up to Speed During Business Change
The way in which we access learning has changed fundamentally since the days of “chalk and talk” training courses. Organisations…
Looking Ahead: The Future Role of Internal Communications
The drivers of change in internal communications aren’t tools and technology, they come from the business and its people. When…
MOOCS – the Future of Social Learning?
A 2014 Future Workplaces survey found 70 per cent of HR professionals planned to integrate MOOCs into their learning programmes.…
Are Middle Managers Seen Unfairly During Business Change?
Middle managers often get a bad press but those of us working in business change know that they can be a…
Thoughts on the Move to Customised Learning
The move to customised learning gives us more opportunity to address individual and business need that ever before. Some years…
The Impact of Employee Engagement on Projects
Research from McKinsey shows that projects are much more likely to be successful when employees are engaged and involved Very often, technology…
How Empowered Are Your Employees?
How empowered are your employees in learning new technology and new working behaviours? Those managing change have to balance business priorities,…
Top Tips on Implementing Gamification
The conversation about gamification starts in the board room. But what if you’re a project manager tasked with implementation? Gamification needs…
Is Video Based Learning Suitable for Your Change Programme?
Video Based Learning is great for sharing information but can it improve engagement and performance during a change programme? We…
When Is a Business Change Project Most Vulnerable?
When there is business change, whether it’s an office move or the introduction of a new system, the employees affected…
Communications Strategy: Building Messages With Visuals
It seems those of us who are natural communicators enjoy using the left hand side of our brains more than…
Scenario Based Learning for Change Programmes
The learning industry loves a three letter acronym! SBL, or Scenario Based Learning, is one of the latest ones to…
Getting the Most From Your Lessons Learned
“The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again a different way” – Dale Carnegie. The topic of failure…
From Training Gap Analysis to Competency Gap Analysis
Now that learning often takes place outside of the classroom and is more personalised, it seems that Training Gap Analysis might be on…
Boosting Learning and Performance in a Global Company
In today’s globalised marketplace, many organisations span countries and continents.  When creating and designing learning strategies, it would be careless…
Westfield, Heidegger and Gamification
Behind every theory of learning is a philosophical anthropology. Yes, it’s going to be one of those blogs that dabbles with…
Three Things You Need to Do to Engage Employees With Change
Did you know that we are bombarded with 174 newspapers’ worth of data and information each day?  This is four…
The Importance of Managing Resistance to Change
The tube strikes held by Transport for London (TfL) workers in early 2014 posed serious inconvenience and disruption bringing the…