Why Invest in Change Management?

Why Invest in Change Management?

This is another question that comes up when I am working with clients. But perhaps the subtext or nuance to the questions in more recent times is, “why should I invest that much in change management?” It is often not about the cost of any particular services that may be involved. It is usually about the investment of the time of the people impacted by the change, their leaders and their senior leadership, that is being questioned.

I would like to provide three broad perspectives in my answer to this question. The first two have a harder edge business focus, and the third, while still having business impact, has a more humanistic focus.

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Change - Beyond Frameworks

Change - Beyond Frameworks

Or, the Adaptive Organisational Culture

For years I have been utilising various change frameworks inspired by Kotter; ADKAR; Tadeo, Beake and Fink; Argyris, etc. I have found them extremely valuable and various projects and initiatives have benefited from their utilisation.  I have developed six principles for being an Adaptive Organisation.  If these principles exist, the organisation will adapt more readily when sound change frameworks are then applied.

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The Place of Culture in Change Management

The Place of Culture in Change Management

Just ask yourself how many times you have heard the 'culture of the organisation' given as an explanation for the less than expected success of various initiatives. So like any risk, responsible organisational leaders will actively manage it.

It may surprise you to hear me say then, that as Change/Organisation Development (OD) practitioners, we may get the focus on culture wrong.

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Leadership Development – Engaging the Learners

If you want your leadership, or most other interventions, to make a difference, the key is the involvement and interaction of and with the participants. The techniques for this have been there for generations and they are still effective with the different generations. They include:

  • Case studies
  • Guided group discussions
  • Role plays
  • Experiential activities, indoor or outdoor
  • Feedback instruments
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The Leadership Pipeline

I wanted to pass onto you the above book, written by Charan, Drotter and Noel.  From my experience in leadership development, as well as my own direct leadership experience, I have long learnt the role, and therefore the leadership development needs, varies for leaders depending on the layer of the organisation from which they are leading. So, I commend this book to anyone responsible for the development and the leadership of leaders in their organisation.  

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