We use a reality-based approach to what’s commonly called “Change Management,” but we think it’s more accurately described as “Navigating Change.”
Prior to implementing a major company-wide change initiative, our company hired Parallax Consulting to train the entire management team in William Bridges’ Transition process. It made all the difference for those departments that applied the learning. ~ Mac Johnston, Previously Enterprise Services Division Manager, PEMCO Insurance
70% of change initiatives fail (“Cracking the Code of Chang” by Nitin Nohria and Michael Beer, HBR, 5/1/01). This percentage has remained steady for years. An understanding of our model, and using our process and tools, will improve the likelihood that your implementation is one of the 30% that succeed.
Change is constant and everywhere in our unpredictable VUCA world – so we use VUCA as context for all of our work. Understanding the dynamic of change and being able to navigate it successfully is a critical capability for both leaders and organizations.
Implementing a change initiative is more than a technical fix for your problems. It’s a significant shift in the way things happen in your business. How well the implementation is navigated is a strong indicator of future success and how many of the potential benefits your organization will actually experience.
- Preparing for Successful Change – Implementing a change initiative is more than a simple technical fix for your problems. Instead, it’s a significant shift in the way things happen in your business. How well the implementation is managed is a strong indicator of future success and how many of the potential benefits your organization will actually experience. This 3-page document provides an overview of the change model we use (it was developed by our Knowesys collaborative).
- Preparing for Change Flowchart – We created these seventeen questions as a guide for organizations that are facing an upcoming change. Asking, and answering, them will take you a long way toward ensuring that you have thought through the various dynamics that are likely to show up in the process. We have the questions themselves, the rationale behind selecting those questions, as well as possible suggestions for each one.
- Riding the Red Line” of Change – Managing Organizational Transitions – This workshop prepares organizations to effectively manage change initiatives so they go smoothly from start to finish. As William Bridges explains, too often an organization is already in “transition deficit.”