Better Change Management Is Notoriously Hard
Because change is so constant, you’d think we’d all have “better change management” skills and results by now. But by its very nature, behavioral change is hard to achieve.
In the corporate world, we are apt to cling to the “tried and true” ways of getting things done and to resist new challenges where knowledge and skill gaps can be exposed and mistakes undoubtedly will be made.
4 Steps to Better Change Management
To help you along the way to achieving the desired changes in your business, here is a change management checklist compiled by proven change management consultants that you can follow.
Step-by-step, it will lead you through the change process, improve your chances of beating the odds, and guide you toward success.
In other words, build the urgent business case for change in a way that speaks to the hearts and minds at an individual, team, and organizational level.
• What will employees have to give up and what will they gain?
• Will there be trust issues that could impede the change process?
• Will new skills be needed and how soon?
• What is the urgency around affecting the change plan?
• Who has the potential to become either change champions or opponents of the change and how will they influence others?
Make sure you can describe a desirable end state that is compelling and clear. Paint the picture in a way that everyone can envision success. Set up a change communication program that regularly checks in to see that the rationale for change is fully understood and, if not fully accepted, be open to answer questions and allay concerns.
The Bottom Line
This is your chance to make change a natural part of how you do business. Leaders and businesses that can accommodate and adjust to rapid change in a way that makes sense will outperform their peers. Are you ready?
To learn more about better change management, download Lessons from the Field – How to Mobilize, Design and Transform Your Next Change Initiative
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