Change is constant that much we know

Change is constant that much we know. It’s the speed of it that makes effective change critical and planning for what may happen next imperative. Just look at the effect social networking tools like Twitter and Facebook are having; anyone anywhere can make their opinion available to everyone on anything at anytime effecting change instantaneously. Phenomenal!

So how best to manage and lead effective change within business? First consider the following:

  1. What form does effective change management take in your organisation now? and
  2. What experience are those on the receiving end actually having as a result?

Objectively considering these questions provides a unique opportunity to increase the speed of change while keeping it appropriate for your organisation and its people.  There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution. Good change needs proven techniques. These techniques are not rocket science but occasionally we need reminding of the basics. These 10 tips take us back to basics to revitalise perspective, reduce pain and accelerate the pace of achievement.

Tip 1 – Get clear on the Objective

SMART objectives = Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, with a specified Time for completion. Take an honest look at the input used to specify them. Treat it like a balloon; twist and expand it every way possible keeping the organizations needs central at all times.

Tip 2 – Assess all Strengths & Weaknesses

Managers know the purpose and importance of a SWOT Analysis. Pretend it’s an onion and peel layer after layer to expose the SWOT results. Leave nothing unpeeled to expose previously undiscovered gems and limit the unexpected.

Tip 3 – Plan, Plan, Plan

Like a jigsaw puzzle a plan has many components. Know what they are, their interrelationship, responsibilities for delivery, success measures, and tactics for the unexpected or non-eventualities.  Not everything fits perfectly so have a plan of action for the bits that won’t fit.

Tip 4 – Walk the Talk

Be careful what you ask for.  Operate with integrity at all times and don’t expect others to buy-in when paid lip-service.  Do as I Do not Do as I Say.

Tip 5 – Knowledge is Power

Watch and listen. Observation is a powerful skill that strengthens trust reducing the belief that to share knowledge is to give up power. Be genuine in attempts to increase comfort levels and maximise knowledge sharing.

Tip 6 – Listen with an open mind

Listen to what isn’t said.  Leave pre-conceived ideas aside and be open to another’s view. It may not affect the immediate situation but it could encourage a different response in the future.

Tip 7 – Learn to Juggle

Be flexible and pragmatic during delivery. Adapt to situations before or as they arise and collaborate with others to relieve the pressure and ease the way forward.

Tip 8 – Stay on Track

When reviewing progress check the direction as well as the destination. If the purpose has shifted or activities are off track don’t hesitate, make the necessary adjustments quickly to reduce the chances of waste.

Tip 9 – Make the Tough Decisions

Not all decisions will be easy ones. Sometimes it’s the situation rather than the decision that’s tough.  When faced with a tough decision try the Nike attitude – Just do it!

Tip 10 – Reflect on everything

Managing effective change doesn’t end with delivery. Genuine lesson learning requires reflection without judgement or blame. Only when all that’s occurred is acknowledged can adjustments be made and the next experience different.

For more practical information and tools download the full e-Book 10 Tangible Tips for Effective Change via this link

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