Change is part and parcel of being in business. On one level everyone gets this.
Of course talking about change is one thing. Actually delivering it is rather different.
Now some might tell you there is some magic formula that guarantees success. I’m not one of them.
What I have learned over the years is that there are some big things that actually significantly reduce your chances of making change in organisations.
Reason 1: Lack of Clarity
About the reason for change, about how things will be different after you have made the change.
Reason 2: Failing to Get Support
Of the critical mass of people who you need to come on board in order to make change. Too often too much attention is given to the small minority who will never change.
Reason 3: Failing to involve
If you involve people will you definitely make change? No is the truthful answer but when you involve and listen to people’s ideas, opinions and concerns you increase the chances of success.
Reason 4: Overloading people
Year after year there is downsizing in organisations. Sometimes it is because something can be done by a computer that could be done by a human. At other times it is to boost the bottom line.
People are expected to do more and more on a day to day basis. So capacity for other change projects is reduced. It is easy to overload people.
Reason 5: Incompletes
How many projects have you got started that have got so far but then got stuck? One change project completed is better than 10 started but not finished.
So what do you need to stop doing to increase the chances of making change in your organisation or team?
Duncan Brodie helps professionals to become effective leaders