The change-capable organization. What is it? The change-capable organization is one that wants to achieve effective change management by implementing appropriate solutions, significant cultural shifts and strategic methodologies created to drive business goals and organizational transitions.
Change is increasingly cited as a key factor required to improve the success rate and achieve ROI of major organizational changes, including new technology implementations, process efficiency improvements, restructurings, consolidations and system upgrades.
In fact, many credible studies have noted that failure to engage an organization in the change process results in predictable failure rates as high as 70 to 80 percent.
Ensuring success of corporate change initiatives requires a structured approach that combines best practices with proven methodologies to help organizations navigate from the current state environment to the desired future state vision - creating a change-capable organization.
While the first step to achieving effective change is implementing the appropriate solution, significant cultural shifts are required to encourage stakeholders to embrace the implementation - so the entire enterprise can truly benefit and advance from the new solution environment.
Change is hard work - for the entire enterprise, including key leadership and stakeholders.
Employing a proven change strategy, and involving leadership and key people in the change process, is just as crucial as assessing technology implementation roadmaps, overseeing governance and ensuring a positive change culture.
Enterprises that are intent on positioning themselves for success with need to construct and support a business model that is truly change capable - supporting the organization, and its people, in the change implementation and change management process by addressing six critical change management mandates.
6 Change Mandates
- Aligning leadership to the vision and program objectives.
- Establishing a deliberate organizational change management plan and roadmap.
- Identifying key stakeholders and change agents - team players to help fuel change management progress.
- Developing key metrics to track progress - and monitor the planning, transition and measurement phases.
- Providing training and communication to all employees and teams.
- Establishing a continuous improvement program to sustain benefits and continue strategic growth and technological advancements.
Change can be met with several obstacles in any organization - including denial and resistance. With the proper approach to being a change-capable organization, a firm can diminish negative realities that are a part of a change initiative and accentuate on the positives that corporate change inspires - satisfaction, exploration, commitment and hope.