Any Transformation effort must be connected to the business strategy. Continuous calibration must be done.
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Traditional Efforts Fail
Some transformation efforts are not aligned with the direction and overall strategy of an organization. Now that is a bold statement. So let’s unpack it. 70% of change and transformation efforts fail.
When asked over 90% of employees do not understand how change efforts align with the strategy, and that is for the folks who even understand the business strategy. I have found that we are leaving a lot on the table when we don’t involve our own people.
If your change or transformation team comes up with a graphic that looks anything like this, hire a new team. For more on hiring check out my blog What I learned About Transformation from Elon Musk.
No One Likes Change
To be frank, no one likes change. No secret there. What is typically overlooked is that people, when allowed to make their own decision often do pick a change. Otherwise, people would never change jobs. Move to a new home. Start a relationship. Go on vacation. These are all significant changes from the ‘daily normal’ but we do them every day.
Follow the Research
People do not fear change. They fear the uncertainty that change brings. Consider this. Regardless of your title, if someone hire up in the food chain without warning said that your job was going to change tomorrow … how would you respond? A bit of fear or concern.
Question why this is happening. Check out more on this from one of the leaders in helping people change from A to B. William Bridges: Transitions.
In conclusion, given that people do not like change thrust upon them, include them in the change. Here is a simple checklist:
- Communicate everything. the WHAT, WHY, and HOW things are changing
- Define how it will affect them and their job
- Involve your people (however possible) in preparing for and implementing the change
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We offer tools and resources to help transform your organization and career on your journey to success. It’s time to take change head-on rather than waiting around, scared or uncertain for your organization and future. You cannot live in fear. Your organization needs your help right now and will greatly reward this kind of thinking.
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