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Change Management


Each morning darkness changes into light;
the cool air changes into fog;
slumber turns into awakening.
Each day nature sheds the old and brings about beautiful new surprises to enchant us and the thing we dread the most as humans is CHANGE; we often get comfortable in our cozy patterns which no longer serve us any good, which no longer contribute to our progress, which no longer will triumph us to victory!!

“Change is inevitable” ; But since our brain is wired to recognize familiar patterns we undergo the scenes time and again even when they mean to add no growth to us.

Here are 8 steps to assist you into transforming yourself & your organization

1. Establishing a sense of urgency

  • Identify the cause necessary for the change to occur
  • Examining market and competitive realities
  • Identifying and discussing crises, potential crises, or major opportunities

2. Forming a powerful guiding coalition

  • Encompassing yourself with folks encouraging and promoting your growth
  • Assembling a group with enough power to lead the change effort
  • Encouraging the group to work together as a team

3. Creating a vision

  • Creating a vision to help direct the change effort
  • Developing strategies for achieving the vision
  • Personalizing the vision to align with your values system
  • Making a vision board and going through it each day with positive affirmations

4. Communicating the vision

  • Using appropriate mediums to communicate the new vision and strategies
  • Teaching new behaviors by the example of the guiding coalition
  • Encouraging open communication and allowing free flow of feedback among team members

5. Empowering others and oneself to act on the vision

  • Getting rid of obstacles to change
  • Changing systems, behaviors, beliefs,values, structures that undermine the vision
  • Encouraging risk taking and nontraditional ideas, activities, and actions

6. Planning for and creating short-term wins

  • Planning for visible performance improvements
  • Creating those improvements
  • Taking time out to review the progress made
  • Recognizing and rewarding employees and yourself in the improvements

7. Consolidating improvements and producing still more change

  • Using increased credibility to change systems, structures, and policies that don’t fit the vision
  • Hiring, promoting, &developing employees who can implement the vision
  • Reinvigorating the process with new projects, themes, and change agents

8. Institutionalizing new approaches

  • Exploring & Evaluating actions working in your favor to help you achieve your goals.
  • Articulating the connections between the new behaviors and success
  • Developing the means to ensure leadership development and succession

What we need to understand is that; transformation is a process not an event. It advances through stages that build on each other and it takes time. Skipping any step might just bring the whole effort down.

Reference : (HBR’s 10 must reads on Change Management, 2011)

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