If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times…Sponsorship is the single most important factor in a fast and successful implementation. But what exactly is Sponsorship? And why is it so important?
Business changes come in all sizes. Some are limited to a few small, procedural modifications while others will completely transform your organization. But no matter what size change you are working on, employing a structured change management methodology is key if you want to ensure return on investment.
Let’s get real. If you are working on a transformational change are you doing more with less or doing different things differently? Are you looking for incremental change or transformational change? It’s your choice, but if you say the latter and deliver the former (or nothing at all) you are going to pay a heavy price in your organization.
If you are currently working on a business change whether is it transformational in scope or a small procedural modification, chances are you are extremely focused on getting to the “go-live” date. Most likely, there are strategies in place and resources dedicated to ensuring the project is going to be on time, on budget and to scope. In other words, once the project is launched you can check the box that it is complete and move on to the next change, right? WRONG!
In my 40+ years of Change Management Consulting, I’ve seen a lot of resistance to change. In fact, I’d be surprised if someone could come up with an example of resistance I haven’t experienced! To many of my clients, resistance is one of the most frustrating aspects of implementing a business change. But, I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be.
I recently did a quick google search on the words “Change Management Training” and was shocked to see the number of options that came up. The marketplace is, in fact, filled with countless choices. There were even sites that filtered the options for you. Find the right change management training now!
When most people think about change management, they automatically assume preparing targets is the most important activity a Change Agent should be doing. But we all know you should never assume (and we all know why, too!) The fact is, having visible and active Sponsors at all levels of the organization who are actively demonstrating their commitment to a change, both publicly and privately, is the most important factor in a fast and successful implementation.
Between Healthcare and Business Transformation, the amount of money currently being spent on organizational change is staggering. Unfortunately, as the amount of money being spent on transformation continues to rise so do the number of unsuccessful implementations. Recent studies confirm only 25-30% of all business changes achieve full benefit realization. Yes, you read that correctly.