“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” Leo Tolstoy wrote. This is a useful starting point for any executive engaged in organizational change. As a Business Management Consultant, I have a collaborating in efforts to advance the practice of leadership and cultural transformation, our team become convinced that organizational change is inseparable from individual change.
There are many theories about how to “do” change. However, the problems of businesses change go considerably deeper than the process of organizational change.
Communicate the Vision:
What most will acknowledge, though, is that change is hard. “We’re good at the smaller change, but we’re not good at the big strategic change,” or “we start change programs, but we never seem to finish them properly,” or even “we’ve got too many change initiatives but are still missing the point.”
As a driver of business change, M&A has also struggled to deliver value for shareholders. Most research since the 1980s suggests that as much as 70% of deals have destroyed rather than created value. If managing successful change is at the heart of being adaptive, why are the failure rates apparently so high? And what are some of the barriers to creating truly flexible organizations — organizations where change is not only welcomed but seen as energizing and engaging?
With the business environment experiencing so much change, organizations must then learn to become comfortable with change as well.
Leading yourself—and the organization
Individuals can improve themselves in many ways and hence drive more effective organizational change. We focus here on a critical few that we’ve found to increase leadership capacity and to have a lasting organizational impact.
First, we have to identify the real cultural norms of an enterprise. Are people really empowered or are they constrained by limited authority, freedom, or just plain untrusted? Has the organization built processes that can manage complexity but are actually disempowering?
Companies must build management commitment from the top, and that means building trust from top down!
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