Do Not Make Organizational Change More Difficult than It Needs to Be
Most leaders focus on making change better but forget how to NOT make organizational change more difficult. Organizational change is difficult to manage successfully — employees usually resist change out of a kind of fear of upsetting the more comfortable status quo.
How To Treat Those Most Affected by Organizational Change
Change management consulting experts have all kinds of advice on how to introduce, manage, and communicate change, but as hard as change leaders try, there will still be some challenges and frustration.
Experienced leaders know those most affected by change must be held accountable for the desired change, encouraged to embrace the “new way” over the “old way”, and helped to emphasize continuous learning.
They also know they should not make things worse whenever possible.
Three Field-Tested Change Management Tips to Follow
Here are three tips from our change management simulation data on how to NOT make organizational change more difficult than it has to be:
If you buck the current political system, cultural, or team norms, you risk upsetting power structures and relationships that have been in place and have supported function and performance.
Politics during organizational change can show up as a failure to agree, unclear decision making, relationships ruling, passing the buck, workplace complacency, sabotage, and even corruption.
The Bottom Line
Experienced leaders know those most affected by change must be held accountable for the desired change, encouraged to embrace the “new way” over the “old way”, and helped to emphasize continuous learning if they want to get the desired results.
To learn more about organizational change, download The 5 Leadership Lenses of Change that You Must Get Right
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