3 Organizational Change Tips to Swap the Old for the New

organizational change tips On a blackboard an arrow entitled Old Way and one entitled New Way point in opposite directions illustrating how change management consulting can be

Organizational Change Tips that Work
Learning new ways to do things involves absorbing new knowledge and applying new skills, but it also involves following organizational change tips that help to subvert the old ways to the new ways – a kind of change that requires some UN-learning.

It Is Not Easy To Shed Old Habits
Change management consulting experts say that even though we may be convinced that the new ways are more effective, more efficient, and/or less costly than the old ways, it is not easy to shed old habits that have become ingrained over time.

  • Think about every time an app is upgraded. It can be annoying to look for a previous function that has moved or changes.
  • Or have you ever found yourself driving almost automatically to the old office well after you’ve moved to a new location?
  • Or reaching for a computer mouse when you long ago switched to a touch pad?

The older way of doing things often interferes with the change to do things differently.

Three Change Management Tips to Help Swap the Old for the New
How does this so-called “unlearning” process affect your ability to function in a marketplace where change is constant? Change management consulting gurus say you need to be able to react quickly and shift to the new way faster than your competition.  Here are three organizational change tips on how to manage change from the old to the new more effectively:

1.  Set Stretch Goals

  • Let’s say you are in customer service and you are no longer being rated on how fast you complete each customer call but on how well satisfied customers are at the conclusion of the call.
  • This is a new way of treating the customer and a new way of thinking about how to be successful.
  • You need to change your approach from “how quickly can I end the call” to “what does the customer truly need and how can I serve them.”

One way to achieve the new behaviors more quickly is to add an element of anxiety by setting goals that seem almost out of reach…say you want 90% of your first-week customer calls to show satisfaction with the way you handled them. Impossible? Maybe. But, done right, the “performance pressure” of not reaching the goal can help:

  • Focus attention on developing the new attitude and skills needed to succeed
  • Take attention away from the earlier goal of speed at all costs

2.  Expand Your Sources of Input
Don’t just stick with your old influencers. Reach out and look for new sources of information and inspiration.

  • If, for example, you have been unsuccessful at dieting, perhaps you need a new way to approach the challenge of eating healthier.
  • Check out different proven programs.
  • Research what foods are most important to your long-term health.
  • Ask your doctor, friends and family what has worked most effectively for them.

Sticking with the same-old program will give you the same-old results. No longer rely on what you think you know. Shake it up and broaden your contacts so you benefit from the strength of diversity.

3.  Question Your Conclusions
Challenge yourself by looking at opposite points of view. This will enhance your flexibility and sharpen your ability to change. If you stick to your opinion without even looking at a conflicting point of view, you could be guilty of being an ideologue by blindly adhering to a particular ideology.

  • If you are in a company, say, that has been highly structured and is now moving toward a flatter organizational structure, you need to be open to the advantages of the new direction.

You can’t just stick with the old way…you’ll be quickly out of sync with the new and favored culture.

The Bottom Line
Challenge yourself to learn and un-learn at the same time. Change is inevitable. Pay attention to the advice of experienced change management experts.  Follow these organizational change tips and make sure you are equipped to deal with organizational change smartly and effectively.

To get more organizational change tips, Download Our Research-backed Change Management Toolkit Now

Comments are closed.

Hyperion has a commitment to lifelong learning. LSA helps us provide the right business sales training, management training programs, and leadership development programs at the right time to meet the needs of both individuals and departments. I especially appreciate their ability to listen to my needs and recommend the appropriate facilitators, solutions and content.

Sarah Parks
Senior Project Manager

Hyperion

LSA custom designed a Management Development program that is absolutely “on target” for our technical managers. Their facilitator has done a superb job delivering the material in a way that is fast paced, highly interactive, and fun. She presents practical solutions to the people situations that our managers face every day. I regard LSA as an excellent partner that understands our business needs and a virtual member of our HR department.

Judith Onton
Vice President Human Resources

I continue to be impressed by the level of leadership development and management expertise and quality of advice and facilitation that LSA has to offer. What a smart and client-centric group of great people who really know how to help leaders attract, engage, develop and retain top talent.

Tracy Esposito
Director, HR Business Partner

We recently contacted LSA Global to assist us with a unique training request. We gave LSA a very short deadline and LSA custom designed a training program to meet our exact requirements within the limited time allotted to them. We found their facilitator to be well versed in the subject matter and very credible; the design provided practical and valuable information to our team of managers. I highly recommend LSA Global, particularly in the area of management training.

Julaine K. Souza
Senior Vice President

We engaged LSA to design and deliver a 6-month custom executive coaching program for a group of our key leaders. The focus of the program was to help a core group of senior leaders to leverage previous investments in management training, to ensure the engagement and retention of key employees, and to push critical strategic initiatives forward. Even with the high expectations of our senior people, LSA has completely exceeded our expectations. I would recommend them to anyone looking to create and implement a custom coaching methodology using proven tools to drive true change.

Ivan Fukumoto
Senior HR Manager - Staffing, Training, & Development

VNUS Medical has been very pleased with the effective management development programs that LSA Global has delivered for us over the last four years. The programs have been universally facilitated by experienced and best in class instructors. The knowledge gained by our management team has been put into practice very quickly. VNUS is very happy to be working in partnership with LSA because they consistently deliver excellent programs that receive exceptional feedback from our management team.

Cindee Van Vleck
Director Human Resources

LSA helped change our entire culture around meetings, making them more effective and efficient, thus enabling us to concentrate on driving more business.

Terry Wassman
VP of Human Resources

SeaTel has found our partnership with LSA Global to be very valuable and beneficial. We turned to LSA to customize a supervisory/leadership solution to meet our needs. LSA delivered a customized top quality solution. I’d recommend LSA Global to any company looking for a best-in-class training and consulting partner.

Kortney Riddle
HR Manager

What a refreshing change from the half-baked psycho-babble you normally get from training and consulting organizations. LSA gives you the practical and results-oriented assistance you need to define and reach your goal.  They provide a results driven plan – not just a temporary fix. They are great to work with, and even more importantly, they “get it!”

David Fiano
Vice President Human Resources

Thank you to LSA Global for their partnership and support in helping us to design and roll-out our valuable management development training program. I personally have partnered with LSA Global at four of my previous companies. It continues to be a delight working with LSA. We look forward to partnering with them at Blackhawk Networks for future training and consulting needs.

Suzanne Kinner
VP Human Resources

Blackhawk Network

Over the years, both at 3Com and now at Redback, I’ve found LSA Global to be a valuable resource. The recent compliance program that they delivered for Redback’s executive and management team was the right solution, of the highest of quality, and customized to our business and culture. I would highly recommend LSA to any company looking for top quality solutions.

Gina Fulton
Vice President of Human Resources

Each program is preceded by an assessment of the participants. The course is then designed to fit the specific parameters and needs of the group. The highly interactive delivery is provided by recognized experts in their fields. On the spot coaching is provided during the program and each participant receives individual follow-up after the course. Courses can be delivered in-person or virtually. Given the nature of Cisco’s business and the way we operate, these remote workshops are a must for anyone who joins our company. Their work is eye opening. Great content and fantastic delivery.

Frank J. Kuypers
Business Development Manager

Harmonic has worked with LSA for over 8 years. We have found their partnership extremely beneficial. We recently implemented a Management Development Program that was designed and customized to support our company’s strategic initiative of hiring, building, and retaining key intellectual property and human talent. We worked closely with LSA to target and implement the right solutions with the greatest impact. I would recommend LSA to any company that’s looking for a trusted training and development partner.

Janice Passarello
Director of Human Resources

I’ve been associated with LSA for the last 8 years and have found them to be an extremely professional, well managed full service training organization. Since working with LSA, I’ve participated in a number of solutions ranging from Performance Management to Assertiveness Training – I’ve found that the quality of the resources is superior. They are well prepared and have definitely done a considerable amount of pre-work in order to customize our culture and business into the total learning experience – making it most beneficial for our employees.

Duane Schroeder
Human Resource Manager

LSA’s Employee Engagement Consulting and Survey work has provided critical visibility into: how well our people are holding up under the general economic environment, as well as, the specific challenges that face biotechnology companies in their efforts to discover and develop new medicines; their level of alignment and commitment to XOMA’s Vision and mission critical strategies; how leadership practices and management systems support an environment that engender commitment, and the specific actions that our leaders can take to improve on areas that are important to our people. I highly recommend LSA’s employee engagement solutions.

Chris Wells
Vice President, HR and IT

Evaluate your Performance

Toolkits

Toolkits

Download key published insights and tools from industry experts highlighting best practices in the areas of talent, strategy and culture.

More

Health Checks

Health Checks

Want to know how you stack up against leading organizations?  Receive a complimentary benchmarking analysis courtesy of an LSA Expert.

More

Whitepapers

Whitepapers

Get up to speed on timely solutions critical to your business. Published by LSA Experts based upon client feedback and key industry trends.

More

Methodology

Methodologies

First we identify the key metrics you want to improve. Then we assemble a dedicated team of elite experts who have successfully solved similar problems with similar clients.

More

Blogs

Stay up to do date with the latest information on how we help high growth companies align their culture and talent with strategy.

More

Case Studies

Client Case Studies

Real world consulting and training approaches from LSA projects, providing insights on how your company can outperform the competition.

More