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William Lightfoot, CCMP™

Tuesday, October 10, 2017  
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Consultant and Educator, Epoch Strategy and Change


Why did you decide to pursue the CCMP?

As I look back on my career, the one constant has been change. I started out transforming sales territories in New York City and Boston early in my career, then moved into a series of corporate positions where I led the change initiatives for a fast paced, high tech unit. I switched to academia starting out as a faculty member who helped develop and test web based systems for delivering courses and performing research. 

This led to an opportunity to turn around a private university based on using sound change management principles, leading it a top 100 ranking for its MBA, and a high level accreditation. I repeated this in the US, adapting the approach and focus to a regional institution, with similar success. Finally, I was asked by an investor to transform a social venture in Tanzania. Again, I led this initiative using the principles ACMP promotes.

How did you prepare for the CCMP?

Preparation started by completing the application. It challenged me to think deeply about the initiatives i have been involved in, including my specific roles, as well as the tools and methods I used to help facilitate or participate the change initiative. As my application was moved forward, I then focused on solidifying my knowledge by studying the material that ACMP provides. This also included taking a course from Acuity Institute. All of this further strengthened my knowledge and understanding of the change process - mostly through affirmation. Finally, I reviewed the concepts by using the flash cards.

How has earning the CCMP benefited you personally and professionally?

It has helped me to solidify my skill set. While I have always been a strong project manager, because of my many different positions in large corporations and academia, I have an insiders (rather than consultants) understanding of the change process. Earning the CCMP helped me to recognize that my strength, and therefore the value I bring to organizations is my ability to participate in, and as required, lead change initiatives. Today I am working as a COO/Consultant for a successful real estate developer leveraging my knowledge and skill set in a new way.

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