“The nature of change itself seemed to have changed in recent years. It was becoming obvious: we need to think and act differently.” Janet Ford & Rick Walters, “Managing Dynamic Change”
As I conclude another decade of working with people and organizations in designing and implementing change, here are twelve lessons learned and suggestions for your consideration. I believe these lessons apply to individuals, teams and entire organizations. In all of this, there are two things that emerge near the top. Those are: hiring talent that enriches everyone and, being the talent that others seek.
- Significant and lasting change does not come easily nor quickly. Let the process work systematically.
- Planned change is preferred over unplanned change. Look ahead when you can and anticipate.
- Time is a resource and an important factor in the success equation. Use the gift of time and manage it wisely
- Advance planning, research, and sufficient resources are prerequisites for a successful transition. No shortcuts.
- Some decisions require more time, thought and consideration than others. Know and appreciate the differences.
- Multicultural presence enriches diversity of perspectives, opinions and judgments. Seek inclusion and equity.
- Patience, perseverance and problem-solving help drive progress. Find people with the necessary skills for the task at hand
- Adjustment and adaptation to change need space and time for the process to gain momentum. Do not rush or push.
- Review, renew and reorder priorities periodically or as needed according to plan. Stay fluid rather than fixed.
- Goals can be adjusted when conditions change. Stay nimble, flexible and adapt accordingly.
- Resistance to change has reasons worth exploring in some depth. Seize an opportunity to learn from obstacles to change.
- Designing, dealing with and doing change require the best efforts and energies of all involved. Celebrate the results.
POSTSCRIPT: You might also see how these “lessons” apply to both personal and professional relationships. Thanks to my clients over the past ten years who have helped me learn as we worked together to effect meaningful change.
If you would like some help in designing and implementing change, let us know. We have time this coming year for two or three new clients.