When prominent US novelist Ellen Glasglow wrote, “All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward,” she might very well have been commenting on changes in the business industry. Delivering change and transforming organizations – this is a strategy four decades in the making, and consultants and business leaders are still nowhere close to laying down a rock-solid formula. That doesn’t mean they’ve made no headway –they’ve highlighted the importance of leading from the front, the need for softer cultural elements and people, and argued for various approaches, from measuring benefits to change communications. However, organizations are still not capable of fulfilling all the expected benefits. But if change does not beget growth, what is the best way to move forward?
This is a question that cannot be answered easily, but what becomes abundantly clear is that initiating the wrong kind of change can result in even bigger hurdles. So, to understand what constitutes successful change, it’s important to go back to the basics, namely the reasons why change is important, and therefore necessary, to an organization.
Look Back at What Matters
Never overlook the basics. Doing so is the biggest mistake and one that makes the process of change go awry. Rather, to ensure sustainable change, keep the following points in mind:
Attaining clarity on these three factors from the beginning allows you to set realistic goals for yourself. Come up with a strategy to achieve maximum benefits from your transformative journey; your change will be all the more sustainable and financially sound.
Engaging With the Right People
You must have certain expectations from change. Make sure you communicate the same to the people in your organization. This will allow them to work collectively towards attaining the advancement. In the end, it is people who initiate and drive change, and you can achieve the maximum value by making sure they embrace new methods of working quickly and correctly.
While sustainable, capable leadership is vital, change management occurs only when people throughout the organization, at every level, are brought into the loop and suitably engaged. Do not alienate any of your employees as it could mean the difference between success and missing out on the chance to collaborate with the larger, internal community. Working in harmony with one another is the key to combining legacy, innovation, and knowledge – all driving factors towards a change.
Yes, it is true that change does not automatically indicate growth, and movement does not always have to be forward. But, a well-defined and precise strategy can define the benefits while engaged employees can go a long way in helping businesses move forward and ensure valuable change. If you need help in devising such a strategy, you’ve come to the right place. Get in touch with us here to know more.