Change is hard. Not only does it feel uncomfortable, but it's also hard work! Most people are excited by Change as long as the Change does not impact their ways of doing things. Change can be haphazard, reactionary, and directionless. It can be intentional and board-driven with clear direction, purpose, and a clear understanding of the desired change process. Let us look at this very important, and yet often forgotten, piece of any transformative organizational process.
Why does organizational Change fail?
There are several recurring reasons that Change fails. These can fall on the organization, the management of the Change, or the implementation of the Change. But not the Change itself.
Change typically fails because:
Change Management is important
The name Change Management indicates that this is an active and planned process or set of events. Successful transformative organizational processes or initiatives proceed much smoother when Change is managed. It's important to note that Change is personal and political. Though there are Change Management standards and best practices, it's more of an art than a science. It requires the integration of people, their work processes, culture, and their hearts. Change brings a new pattern of thought, work, power, influence, and control.
Steps to Successful Change
While organizations and their cultures are as unique as Change itself, Change Management principles are universal. Review the steps below to begin your organizational Change journey.
We said it before, but it bears repeating – Change is scary. Change is often resisted for the simple fact that it’s uncomfortable, i.e., scary. But it can also be a wonderful experience for all involved when managed correctly. Change Management is vital to the successful implementation of Change. Don’t let your organization overlook Change Management.