4 Tips For Successfully Implementing Change In The Workplace

Posted by dan-carusi on November 28, 2013

successfully implement change in the workplace

More than thirty years of research from the world’s foremost authorities on change and leadership (Dr. John Kotter, Dr. Ram Charan, Jim Kouzes, Stephen Covey, Tom Peters – to name a few) clearly indicate that approximately 85% of all change efforts and culture transformations produce mediocre results at best, and most fail miserably. The change efforts and strategic efforts that do produce solid lasting results approach change and execution of key strategies differently. These organisations make certain that they address the ‘people’ side of all change efforts before moving forward with the ‘process’ and ‘toolset’ side of change.

Implementing an effective Organisational Change Management plan with the end goal of changing people’s behaviors, can be a challenging and daunting task for business leaders so often it is ignored all together. However, employee buy-in and bringing people along for the journey plays a critical role in a successful system implementation and a high user adoption rate.


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1. Start with the leadership

You need to find the leaders in the organisation that will set the vision, communicate effectively and lead the change.

2. Make sure everyone knows that the change is positive and will benefit them personally

What’s in it for the employee? You need to make your team aware of the benefits of the change and also be clear in communicating the consequences and risks of not accepting the change.

3. Create the burning platform, urgency that people can rally around and get excited about

Encourage insatiable curiosity across all facets of the organization. Curiosity is what opens people’s minds, allows them to try new things, questions everything and sets them on the course to becoming life-long learners.

4. Sustain the behavior of change

Be vocal in recognising and celebrating the success that is the outcome from doing things differently.

Change is not easy and can be scary for leaders as well as employees. However, developing and executing on the right plan by focusing on people first before process and toolsets, will result in success at the end of the journey for both the organisation and employee.


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