The Charlotte Post (06/09/2011) Carter, Wesley
The survival of businesses and organizations hinges on their ability to adapt to a constantly changing environment. Ensuring an organization’s success could require strategic, organizational, or resource changes. Unfortunately, change management strategies are often cumbersome and difficult to execute. Organizational leaders often get stuck running the day-to-day operations, creating a coverage gap regarding their ability to evaluate the various change management initiatives available. The most effective way for leaders to implement change is to overcome inertia. Effectively implementing a change management plan requires the entire team commit to the change. Team members on all levels should be recruited to lead a change initiative to ensure plans are actionable. Organizational leadership should also conduct a thorough environmental scan to identify the best strategies. Leaders should seek feedback from all levels of an organization, as the success of a change is largely dependent on the acceptance and use by an organization’s members. Too often, leaders take a top-down view and instigate changes that are not practical or actionable. Leaders should also develop and execute a comprehensive communication plan throughout the entire change process to provide a clear vision of changes, including a plan for its implementation. Lastly, leaders should conduct a post-change investigation to learn lessons for future change initiatives.
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