What to consider when preparing a change management strategy
Change was once a discrete event with a beginning, middle and end. At the end of the change project, things got back to “normal.”
But today, change is constant.
Multiple changes can – and often – happen simultaneously with no normal in sight. Complex organizational changes can take years to plan and implement, and ongoing efforts are necessary to sustain the results even after the project is complete. Many of the common reactions to change are a response to the persistence of change that organizations and their people face today.
Change can take companies and their people toward a successful future. Or they can result in a limbo of change for changes’ sake or into oblivion.
What makes the difference?
Successful organizations are agile and responsive. They take advantage of changes in the market, technology and process to drive towards their organizational goals. It is a significant competitive advantage to know what changes to make, prioritize all active or planned changes, build a high tolerance for change and understand the factors that are essential for change success.
Over the years, we have seen changes succeed and fail. There are common threads among those successful changes that have informed how we approach change.
Trends of successful changes
Change is inevitable and constant. And change management boosts the potential for improvement from any change.
Every change has the potential to improve business performance, but improvement is not guaranteed. A change tends to be more successful when there are:
- Willing and skilled leaders.
- Clear goals and a well-defined desired state.
- Adequate resources.
- A thorough plan.
- Data to understand any impacts.
- Recognition of any issues or concerns.
Download the free change management guide
This guide introduces five aspects that will contribute to effective change management. It outlines the questions that leaders and change practitioners should consider when preparing a change management strategy.
- Define the change.
- Commit the resources.
- Plan the timeline.
- Prepare the organization.
- Understand the risks.
Download the guide from LaMarsh Global: 5 Tips for Effective Change Management. ■