Breaking Barriers to Change!

Breaking Barriers to Change!


Saul Ackovitz

Executive Consultant
Line of Sight, LLC

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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Event Location

Tower III Conference Facility, Curie & Drew Conference Rooms
1710 SAIC Drive
McLean, , 22102

Agenda and Cost:
  • 11:30 am: Networking begins
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm: Program
  • Keynote Speaker: Saul Ackovitz
This Session is free of charge. Pre-registration is required.
Change is hard; strategic change, doubly so. Projects that aim to create significant change are perhaps the hardest of all, typically because they identify all of the organizational levers of change so that individual change will follow appropriately. However, this approach is backward! Lasting change occurs only when individuals change first... and people naturally resist change. Five hundred years ago, Niccolò Machiavelli wrote, "There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle than to initiate a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders by all those who could profit by the new order. This luke warmness arises from the incredulity of mankind who do not truly believe in anything new until they have had actual experience with it." We have all experienced this to some degree. We know people who doggedly hang onto what they've done in the past because it's been successful so far and because they do not see the need for change. We have worked with people who, when asked to support a change, are behind us... WAY behind us. Even people who wholeheartedly support a proposed change will tend toward an attitude of, "good idea -- you first." And of course we have experienced the disappointment of implementing change, only to watch people revert to old processes and thinking. If change is difficult even in the best of circumstances, and if organizational change can occur only when people change first, what can we do on our projects to get people to embrace lasting change? This discussion will explore three common barriers to change and ways to overcome these barriers:
  1. Failing to see a need for change.
  2. Having understood the need, failing to act on it.
  3. Having taken action to change, failing to finish.
Special Instructions: 

In Tysons Corner at the intersection of SAIC Drive and Greensboro Drive or Leesburg Pike.  Guest parking is free. 

PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs
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About the Speaker

Saul Ackovitz

Line of Sight, LLC
Executive Consultant

Saul Ackovitz is an Executive Consultant with Line of Sight, LLC, a management consulting firm that delivers business process and project management services and solutions that enable customer success. Line of Sight specializes in developing aggressive and realistic processes and plans and in converting plans to outstanding results.

Mr. Ackovitz has more than 20 years of industry and consulting experience focused on large-scale program and project management.  In addition to leading successful programs and projects, Mr. Ackovitz has developed project management methodologies and project portfolio management processes.  In the past few years, Mr. Ackovitz has specialized in the practical application of Earned Value Management Systems to reduce project risk and improve outcomes for a variety of companies and government organizations.

Mr. Ackovitz joined Line of Sight in February, 2011, following stints with Freddie Mac and TIAA-CREF; he also has experience with Price Waterhouse, Accenture, and as an independent consultant.  Saul currently resides in Reston, VA, traveling from there to help clients worldwide.

About the Tyson's Corner Luncheons

PMIWDC holds free monthly luncheon meetings in Tyson's Corner, hosted by SAIC Corporation.

Bring your lunch, or visit the onsite cafeteria. PDU credits are be available for Project Management Professionals (PMPs).

Membership in PMI is not required, but all guests should pre-register to attend. 

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