The terms “Transformational Change” and “Transformation” have become quite the buzz words in industry today. You probably hear them day in and day out. But have you ever sat down and thought about what they really mean?
One of the most shocking pieces of advice we give to our Change Management Consulting clients is to STOP talking about Change Management. Wait. Back up. Did we just say, don’t talk about the one thing that can help organizational change projects be implemented more successfully? Yes we did. And here’s why.
How can you prepare your employees for organizational change? Is there a change management training option that delivers the skills and knowledge employees need to succeed in the face of overwhelming change? Over the past two weeks, we talked about the first two challenges employees face while going through a personal transition during an organizational change:
Alan Watts, the British born philosopher, writer and speaker once said, “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance”. Easier said than done, right? In a perfect world, everyone would love change. We could just send out an email announcing a change, and people would jump in with both feet, no questions asked—there would be no resistance and no complaining.
What’s a Change Implementation Plan? Well, would you start out on a road trip without looking at a map or setting your GPS? Would you begin renovations on your home without a clear, thought out blue print? We think not. That’s why we find it rather puzzling when organizations today will initiate any type of change, whether it’s transformational or a simple procedural change without a Change Implementation Plan.