Can you fail by relying too much on outside help? Maybe it’s time to look in the mirror.

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Decades of successful transformation experience from transformation successes and failures have been condensed and are available at your fingertips.  This knowledge can be applied to both growing your career and helping drive change in your organization.  Make the investment in yourself today, check out our curriculum here.  

The Harsh Reality

To begin, a leader will often not be blamed for another failed effort to drive change or transformation when they hire the ‘best and most expensive consultant’. After all, the name brand consultants constantly remind us they are the best, and they are essential to a successful change or transformation effort.

However, not everything ‘they’ tell you is the truth.  The harsh reality is that over 70% of transformation efforts fail to meet their objectives.  Imagine … 70%.  That means 7 out of 10 investments that your organization made FAILED to meet expectations.  They were a waste of time, scarce resources, created unmet expectations, and distracted everyone. 

Not good.  Wouldn’t it be great if you actually succeeded in implementing the change you want and need?

Reality Check

To dive into some of my past experience, at Prudential we did the transformation work ourselves.  We invested in hiring people who had specific and proven capabilities, dedicated people who were devoted to ongoing change efforts.  Then, we trained new and old staff together in what and how to continuously drive change.  This was essential to all of our transformation efforts.

The key takeaway is we consistently included the staff in what and how to change and transform their segment of the business. Specifically, we provided both face-to-face and virtual education around change. The next step is to show how change will be implemented within their organization and energize everyone by including their creative input.

If you’re interested, we captured this approach into a 20-minute course and added in all the tools and templates that worked. Check out Mobilize the Entire Workforce.

Lessons Learned

Over the last five years, we have learned a lot about Business Transformation. Failure is a great motivator. We have taken four elements of Transformation which capture the lessons learned from SUCCESSFUL efforts. Check out this video called The Discipline of Business Transformation to learn more.

Common Approach

As a tool to use in your efforts, here is a binding and aligning mechanism in transformation. It is a framework that can be applied across all change and transformation efforts in a common and consistent manner. Find out more with this recent paper on Business Transformation 2.0, this is a true framework to business transformation at no cost!

With this, you ensure that everyone from the CEO to the newest hired intern is aligned around where the transformation is headed (and why), what is changing (and how it affects each person AND the customer) and finally each person role in the continues transformation (from a participant, a core team member, or a leader/champion).

A Final Word

In conclusion, Business Transformation is NOT a thing that is planned and gets done.  To remain relevant and competitive in today’s new normal, every organization must develop its ability to continuously transform themselves.

Rather than looking at transformation as an exhausting commitment, think about it as a strategic asset.  Organizations, leaders, and their people who can adapt and lead in the midst of constant change and disruption will not just survive but thrive. 

Success principles are like any other discipline, a mindset.  A mindset that is taught by experts.  People who have walked the path before you and have implemented successful change.  

Here’s a tip, success is available to anyone willing to do the research and find out the right way to achieve their goals.  We’re here to help you on your road to success.  Check out our free courses for more.

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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.

Please add your thoughts to this blog, or better yet just contact us and we can explore this further to ensure that the investments you are ALREADY making drive your strategy.

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