Link roundup: Change Management

Change Management is hard. Here's our roundup of articles that debunk some of the common misunderstandings around implementing change in organizations.

How do you coordinate a change effort while keeping everyone satisfied that their opinion has been included? How do you deal with strong (sometimes underhanded) opposition? How do you prevent change initiatives from colliding, or “change fatigue”? It seems like change management is a can of worms that is not worth the stress. But you can’t just ignore change management, and expect it to “just happen”. And with change management, we need to unlearn much of what we thought we knew.

The Fundamentals of Change

Effective change is driven by small achievements rather than big bang movements. From losing weight to political movements, developing consistent habits will always be the first step in providing a platform for sustained success.

The Leadership of Change

But you can't order people to change… That's not how the brain works. So, I decided I was going to start by focusing on one thing. If I could start disrupting the habits around one thing, it would spread throughout the entire company.

- Paul O’Neil

The traditional change management model puts leaders on a pedestal, but this immediately eliminates the vast pool of insights from employees. Divergent thinkers or “resisters” will be the key to successful change, allowing for an iterative process of testing and rethinking.

The Practical Aspects of Change

A few decades ago, companies could build a strong business model and apply it more or less unchanged for years. In that era, resilience was based on stability and competitive barriers to entry. … Resilience now depends on rapid and effective adaptation to change.

- David J. Teece, Paul G. Raspin, and David R. Cox in “Plotting Strategy in a Dynamic World”