Leadership of Change® - Ten Key Change Management Lessons Learned
Successful change implementation is one of the biggest problems that modern organisations face. There is a big difference in leading normal-day-to-day operations and leading organisational change. Both require a different set of skills and very often leaders are not set-up to lead organisational change, transformation or improvement. Below are ten key challenges that organisations and their leaders face while implementing change.
Lesson Learned #1
a2B Change Management Framework® Step #1 - Change Definition
Is there a strategic fit with the change project?
Be very clear on how the change project fits within the organisation's strategy, portfolio and the leadership
Lesson Learned #2
a2B Change Management Framework® Step #2 - Secure Sponsorship and Resources
Does the change project have senior sponsorship?
Ensure they have time, they are senior enough, they command respect and understand sponsorship
Lesson Learned #3
a2B Change Management Framework® Step #3 - Assess Previous Change
Will previous change history impact future success?
A Change History Assessment (CHA) can provide insights and lessons learned which will be invaluable to the change team
Lesson Learned #4
a2B Change Management Framework® Step #4 - Develop Detailed Change Plan
Is the change aligned with the wider programme plan?
Create a detailed change plan that follows a suitable change framework and is connected and aligned with the other work streams and the main programme plan
Lesson Learned #5
a2B Change Management Framework® Step #5 - Communicate the Change
Are you communicating 10 times more than you think?
Communicate like how the blood flows in your body, but instead of supplying vital oxygen and nutrients, communication supplies information and motivation to the impacted stakeholders
Lesson Learned #6
a2B Change Management Framework® Step #6 - Assess Readiness
Have the employees the capacity and are they ready for change? Change readiness requires the sponsor and the leadership team to prepare the organisation and its employees for change implementation
Lesson Learned #7
a2B Change Management Framework® Step #7 - Manage Resistance
Are you aware that there will always be resistance?
There are 3 groups of employees in any change journey: ‘Advocates’, ‘Observers’ and ‘Rebels’. Each reacts differently to organisational change and will have different levels of resistance
Lesson Learned #8
a2B Change Management Framework® Step #8 - Develop New Skills and Behaviours
Have you performed a TNA to establish skill and behaviour gaps?
If you do not change the employee mindset and behaviour, you will not get organisational change
Lesson Learned #9
a2B Change Management Framework® Step #9 - Adoption
Has the AUILM® Model been used to gain employee adoption?
Align the employees with the strategy, new processes, systems and leadership to achieve adoption
Lesson Learned #10
a2B Change Management Framework® Step #10 - Sustain and Close
Has the change programme been officially closed?
Ensure the programme has an official documented handover process to operations and benefits are tracked through the BSC and IPPs