Mahatma Gandhi said “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
If you are in the business of change you must be the person you want your children to be, about the same sentiment but how do we lead by example in order to carry out change?
It is not always easy especially if you, as the leader don’t know exactly where you are going and what others reactions will be when they meet hurdles they believe they cannot overcome.
Managing any change is about having a structured approach so that you can manage the transition from where you are to where you intend to be effective change management requires the engagement and assistance of the people involved and can be defined as follows:
C H A N G E
Clarity – making sure all employees are aware that change is going to occur
History – communication of why the change is needed and what will happen if nothing is done
Awareness – of what needs to be done i.e. mapping the journey
Network – implementing a management and resource base to support the journey
Goals – identifying the destination using clear goals and objectives
Empathy – understanding the impact of the journey on others
Change is always difficult, people generally do not like change, they have done it this way for 10 years so why change but if it has been done one way for 10 years time has certainly moved on, if you follow the simple structured process explained here you won’t be far from the correct path. Don’t forget, at all stages include people, getting and keeping people on board is the secret to a smooth and successful transition.