Organizational Change Strategies
"Everything is connected to everything else."
There are hundreds of models for change and change management. How do you choose the right one for your organization? The fact is: there is no one best strategy for change. In fact, the best way to create a strategy for your organization or business is to build one based, at a minimum, on the following:
- The organization's lifecycle stage.
- Clarity and alignment of the foundations of the organization: mission, vision, and values
- The business strategy and execution capability
- The culture of the organization and culture-bearing mechanisms
- The motivation, attitudes, values, character, and capabilities of current leadership
"If change was all that easy, anyone could do it."
Managing each element and the synergy among them are the keys to effective, sustainable change in an organization.
Once the overall picture is clear and incorporated into the general strategy for change, the specific activities carried out are typically aligned with one of the four internal functioning areas of focus:
♦ Developing and aligning leadership
♦ Developing effective communication for change
♦ Aligning motivational and reward systems
♦ Increasing employee engagement
Designing and managing change may be one of the most difficult challenges in the organization. Having the right template within which to design the change strategy and the right counsel at critical points in the process will be of tremendous help when the going gets tough.