During an APM Benefits SIG committee meeting, a request was made for someone to present on Benefits Management at a lunchtime working session at the Open University (an APM Corporate member) in Milton Keynes. Have previously gained and benefited from an OU degree I immediately volunteered with a view to both ‘giving something back’ and having a genuine interest in what the OU were doing to tackle this subject of which I am a keen proponent.
The popularity and success of this event is in no small part due to the energy and approach of Will Levy. Will, who has only been in post for 12 months, has during this time introduced Benefits and Portfolio management to the OU. The OU is clearly a progressive organisation with a strong desire to succeed and flourish and Will is currently working to ensure that its transformational change initiatives are fully aligned with its strategic plan. It is apparent that developing their Portfolio and Benefits Management capabilities together is enabling both disciplines to gain traction in way that by approaching them independently would have been less effective.
The event gave me an opportunity to present on my firmly held belief that effective Benefits Management is a wonderful enabler for sustainable organisational change. The BM processes themselves becoming much more effective when viewed and implemented through a Change Management Lens. There were two other speakers in the line up; Jim Yates, an OU tutor and lecturer, gave a presentation on the importance of recognising and accommodating the different perspectives of an organisation’s stakeholders. And Sean Sellers, a Business Transformation Manager, presented on the progress of an OU change programme for which he has Benefits Management responsibilities.
This was a good event which was finished off by a networking opportunity, fuelled by a great selection of sandwiches, and some more Benefits and Change conversation. Will suggested that he would be interested in seeking representation from other APM SIGs to help inform and develop his organisations Change Management capability.