• Peter F Gallagher

Organisational Change Management Challenges - Plan Phase

Updated: Oct 6

Lots of statistics show organisational change and transformations failing to deliver their intended benefits. You can argue about the true percentage of success, but the fact is that many organisations do not achieve full benefits realisation, and in many cases, they fail to attain a return on investment (ROI). Equally unacceptable to shareholders is that the vision is not realised, meaning the organisation’s strategy has not been executed. Even when the organisation and its leadership team agree the changes are necessary for the future of the organisation, they still face challenges.

Change Implementation Challenges – Plan Phase:

1. Too Many Change Initiatives: Not enough capacity to deliver ongoing and new change programmes.

“Unless the change programme is continually aligned to the organisation’s strategy and capacity it will not deliver speedy benefits or value to the organisation”

2. Inactive or Invisible Sponsorship: Lack of visible support usually leads to change failure.

“Without effective and proactive sponsorship, the change programme will eventually fail, the change will not be adopted by the employees or sustained, and it will not deliver the intended benefits”

3. Poor Previous Change History: This increases the likelihood of repeating past mistakes.

“To achieve future organisational change management success, analyse previous change history, mitigate previous weakness and enhance future success”

4. No Detailed Project Change Plan: Implementing change with only a communication plan and not aligning it to the master project plan.


“A change plan is much more than a communication plan

Note: This article was posted on Linkedin 25th Aug 2020

Peter F Gallagher is a Change Management Global Thought Leader, Expert, International Speaker, Author and Leadership Alignment Coach.

Ranked #1 Change Management Global Thought Leader: Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Change Management (May 2020) by Thinkers360.


Business Book Ranking: Change Management Pocket Guide - Leadership of Change® Volume 2, ranked within the top 50 Business and Technology Books (Jan 2020) from Thinkers360 Thought Leaders.

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