Change, Change, Change – Tips to Better Manage the Rate of Organizational Change
Are your leaders and employees equipped to better manage the rate of organizational change? Change is now a given for most leaders and employees. But what keeps most employees’ heads spinning, however, is the increasing rate of change that companies need to compete and win. It seems to happen faster and faster.
How to Keep Up
Businesses are challenged to adapt more often, more quickly. Even if your leadership can keep up with the pace, how about your work force? Rapid and frequent change puts extraordinary pressure on your employees — both personally and professionally. What can you do to mitigate the negative effects?
Four Tips to Better Manage the Rate of Organizational Change
Here are four change management consulting tips on one of the most crucial aspects of managing change well – how you communicate change to better manage the rate of organizational change faced by everyone.
Stay at a high level as you paint a clear and compelling vision of what needs to change. And remember how powerful visual images can be. If, for instance, your renewal business is faltering an image of a cowboy lassoing a runaway horse would stick in employees’ minds to illustrate the change needed. You get the idea – keep it simple and focused at first.
Using the example of building the renewal business, outline the plan for training them in how to more fully engage customers and present expanded solutions. Make sure they know you appreciate their contributions to date and focus on the support and reinforcement you will provide to help learn the new way of doing things.
Then share the implications if the changes are not made – to the company, to your customers, and to your employees. As a company leader, you need to create the right level of change urgency and will need to check in frequently to see that you truly have employee buy-in and listen for their suggestions on ways to best effect the desired change.
The more those affected by the change are actively involved in the details of the change from their point of view, the more likely they will be committed to its success.
The Bottom Line
Almost every executive team we work with is trying to increase time to market, time to close deals, and the time to make decisions. The speed at which change occurs demands more from everyone. Are your leaders equipped to lead faster?
If your leaders need to effectively lead change, download our free Change Management Toolkit for Leaders
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