Two Indispensable Change Management Tips Every Change Agent Should Know
Change management tips exist on everything from change management strategies to change management tactics to help make both personal and organization changes a success. Some change management tips are practical and helpful. Others are obviously written by people who have never led or managed a complex organizational change initiative.
Organizational Change is Hard
Yes, we know you know how hard it can be to effect real change in an organization. But the good news is that it is really pretty simple from a big picture perspective to do it right. If you look at all the change management tips, they all really boil down to two that you cannot succeed without:
1 Have a Clear Plan that People Buy Into
First of all you need to be clear on the fundamental purpose for any organizational change. What is it you hope to accomplish personally and professionally? What, exactly, are the goals and, when achieved, how will things be measurably better for the people and for the business? How critical is the change to your business success?
Too many companies embark upon organizational change without knowing where they are headed, why it matters or how to best navigate the path ahead.
Spend the necessary time and energy upfront to set the stage with a sound action plan. You need to include:
2 Stay Focused on Keeping People Committed to the Plan
The second of our change management tips recognizes that while organizational change may be led from above, it takes a workforce committed to the change to successfully implement any lasting change effort. As clear and sound as your change management plan may be, you have to take into account the “human” side of change if your change initiative is to succeed.
You need to garner support from the “get-go,” sustain it through the inevitable challenges, and maintain a company-wide focus on the vision of success. This involves:
The Bottom Line
The need for organizations and leaders to adapt and manage change to keep pace is a given. If you don’t face the fact that you will at some point need to do things differently, your company is unlikely to continue doing much of anything at all. Make sure that when you do embark upon change, you do it right and follow these proven change management tips.
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