Creating Organizational Change Momentum
Wouldn’t it be great if we knew how to create positive organizational change momentum?
What Is Momentum?
From a change management perspective, we define organizational change momentum as the tendency of the change initiative to keep moving from the current state to the desired state at a speed and in a way that makes sense.
Most Change Efforts Do Not Meet Expectations
Most change management consulting and training experts report two out of every three large-scale organizational change initiatives fail. Those are not great odds for those of us looking to shift where their business is heading or for leaders seeking to change how things get done.
Positive and Negative Change Momentum
On organizational change projects, we have witnessed both positive psychological momentum where everything seems to be going well and negative psychological momentum where everything seems to be going poorly. Both can be difficult to track and either continue or shift when your goal for a major change initiative exists on a far distant horizon.
How To Maintain Focus When the Change Is Long
Let’s assume you know where you are headed and why…and that you have communicated the need and purpose for change effectively throughout your organization. When the road to the desired change is long and circuitous, how can you maintain focus and keep those motivational wheels spinning forward as you progress toward the desired end result?
One way is to keep focus and create positive change momentum is to establish meaningful mini-goals or milestones along the road. The critical concept here is “meaningful.” To be sure that these milestones are worthy of celebrating, not just insignificant directional signs, follow these three criteria. To build organizational change momentum, your mini-goals or milestones should be:
The Bottom Line
To create positive change momentum establish significant, relevant and visible milestones along the road that you measure, reward and learn from.
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