Change management is a structured approach for ensuring that changes are thoroughly and smoothly implemented, and that the lasting benefits of change are achieved.
Are you a Change Agent?
When it comes to organizational change, all the people involved in any proposed change must be committed to the change for the change to be a success.
You see, change isn't easy.
When employees see that the leaders in their organization have taken the time to develop a change management plan that considers their wants and needs, they are bound to perform better and get more involved in the transition. When deploying a change management strategy, it is essential to rely upon the enterprise's internal project teams to enable a smooth transition and successful adoption of change within the organization.
It is crucial to focus on the needs of the people during the transition because let’s face it - the people make all the difference.
- While factors including new technologies, increased competition, and increased regulation continue to drive the need for organizational change, the focus of change management is really on the wider impacts of change, particularly on people and how they, as individuals and teams, move from the current state to a new desirable future state.
- Increasingly the greatest drivers of organizational change for an enterprise are its people. It is the people within an organization that clearly see the organization's vision for change and demonstrate a desire to advocate for and facilitate change.
Change agents are knowledgeable about the system (or multiple systems) that are being implemented in the organization. They know where to go for information if needed. They are excited about the change and they want to move the organization in a positive direction. Change agents are advocates of change - and their peers know it. Even more, people throughout an organization will seek out change agents for information and guidance during the ups and downs the frequently define organizational change.
Changes agents have admirable traits - they are visionary people capable of leading their colleagues in a time of disruption. They question the change process and advocate for it at the same time. They are patient. They are consistent. Change agents are comfortable with talking to their colleagues and supervisors about issues, concerns and hopes for change.
Most important, change agents lead by example!
Change agents do not fear change. They do not resent change. Change agents push to understand the reasons for change and promote the benefits change will introduce. A change agent is not put off by disruption. They see a bigger picture. And they inspire others to do so as well. So, are you a change agent?