The Strategist

Eight steps to reform your company smoothly

12/06/2019 - 07:02

Attempts to introduce change in organizations most often fail.

There are four reasons why people resist change:
Narrow ownership interest,
Misunderstanding and lack of trust,
Different assessment of the situation
Lack of willingness to change.
A simple process of eight stages will allow you to effectively manage change.
8 steps to change
Step 1. Create a sense of urgency of action by infiltrating into comfort zones and counteracting satisfaction (“everything is good”) and false urgency (“unnecessary vanity”).
Step 2. Gather an influential team of reformers: other leaders should help manage change. They need to be selected according to the parameters of position, influence, experience, reliability and leadership qualities.
Step 3. Create an idea of the future that will simplify complex decisions, motivate people and help coordinate them. It should be imaginable, desirable, practicable, focused, flexible and explicable.
Step 4. Advocate a new vision as simple as possible, livelier, more frequent and attractive. Leaders must back up words with deeds.
Step 5. Create conditions for the implementation of a new vision by removing barriers and giving people freedom so that they can work as best as possible.
Step 6. Plan immediate results to quickly demonstrate noticeable and undeniable successes. Short-term achievements and using tight deadlines will surely benefit productivity.
Step 7. Do not relax! It is necessary to strengthen the frontiers and introduce further changes.
Step 8. To consolidate the result, cement new approaches in the culture of the organization. Leaders must show that new methods are better than old ones, and reinforce new norms and values.
Following this method, you will inevitably have a serious impact on the organization. Although this model is very popular as a practical action plan, it does not guarantee success and, like any practical plan, cannot take into account all the dangerous details and subtleties. Therefore, the eight-step process requires a flexible interpretation. 

Based on "100+ Management Models. How to Understand and Apply the World's Most Powerful Business Tools" by Fons Trompenaars and Piet Hein Coebergh