Managing change is an essential element of thriving organizations. This is because thriving organizations understand the impact change has on its people, how work gets done, and its technology. While all too often overlooked and under estimated, managing change well can have a significant impact on results.
Initiatives with well designed and well timed change management strategies are six times more likely to meet objectives than those without, as noted in a Prosci article. Think about it, how many times – as a leader – have you had a great idea that, during execution, fell apart? Ever wonder why? New technologies, efficient processes, cohesive company cultures, better methodologies – all good ideas. Why might an organization not see results with these types of improvements? Adoption plays a significant role.
Change is not a bolt-on effort; nor is it an after thought or something that should be taken lightly. It’s an essential element of any people-impacting initiative that must be woven into the execution strategy from the very start – in fact before the start – to ensure effective adoption. Prosci states that 80 to 100% of a project’s anticipated benefits are dependent on the organization’s talent changing the way they do their work.
We believe organizations that understand and embrace change as an active component of any initiative are able to increase the likelihood of adoption and success and increase their ability to thrive. Are you seeing evidence of initiatives kicking off or in progress that don’t have an effective change strategy? Call us to see how we can help.