The planning phase of change management
Successful change needs to be managed and that takes time. If you put in some time and planning you can make change work without too much pain. If you have skills as a leader that will help but to be successful, change needs to be carefully managed. This article was first published in JAM (issue 39 / July 2010).
Are you one of those rare people who truly enjoys managing change and who knows they are good at it? If not, the happy truth is that if you really put some time and planning in, you too could make change work without too much pain. If you have great skills as a leader, that will undoubtedly help. But to be successful, change needs to be carefully managed. And that takes time.
Think about it. If we – you and I – are asked to make changes for the sake of our organisation – to alter our routines or our jobs, to report to someone new, to accept the need for relocating or even redundancy – we need to be given some good arguments for the change. The reasons need to add up and, if there is a clear imperative, we will probably go with it. But we want whoever is in charge of this change to have thought things through. We need to be treated with at least that much respect.
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