Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Bring change to managers and they bring the change to people

It isn't the change that kills you; it's the transitions....William Bridges

Ever thought why transitions are so critical phases of Change Management.
It's because, the transition is a grey zone between status A and B and there are several inhibitions, insecurity, disillusionment, disenchantment, mistrust, anxiety and void that looks like a chasm than a state of being.

This can be filled by:-

  1. Communicating and personifying benefits of change, 
  2. Isolating and clarifying areas of impact, 
  3. Painting a consistent picture of the current change, 
  4. Measuring and celebrating progress, 
  5. Getting team members involved and 
  6. Empathizing without always agreeing.
So, before any plan to change is perused  it is important to have a communication plan and the leadership development plan for the managers involved. It is important to have the Managers trained on Change Management principles first. As they become the obvious face of change and have responsibilities to make it happen, they must know how to face road blocks, disengagement, resistance to change, issues of morale and motivation, etc  

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.
--Alvin Toffler.

Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.
--Thomas Edison

Become a student of change, It is the only thing that will remain constant.
--Anthony J. D'Angelo

If you want to build a ship, don't herd people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
--Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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