A lot of organizations are having to undergo some sort of change to their business right now. There are external pressures (interest rates, cost of living, war overseas etc) as well as internal pressures (hybrid working, retention of staff, ensuring staff feel supported, trusted, valued, and have a safe place to work – both mentally and physically etc).
Let us say you are a Senior Leader, about to embark on a number of changes to your business or business area. Putting in a new Finance system, building a new warehouse or closing an office, which in turn might mean a review of your operating model, and you want a review with P&C on how you retain, attract and train your staff.
Here are just 8 simple questions that can start off conversations that will provide you a platform to launch a successful business change program.
- Who is the sponsor of this change?
- What level of change do you think this is for your organisation? High/Med/Low?
- What does success look like for you after this business change is complete?
- What are the barriers to your business transformation?
- Who might feel threatened by this change?
- What parts of your organization will be impacted?
- Will clients be impacted?
- Will you have a transformation program set up outside of your BAU teams?
These questions start you to look at The WHY. Why you are undergoing this change. The WHAT. What are some of the anticipated risks/blocks. The HOW. How will you set up the program to ensure you have the right structure/governance. The WHO. Who do you think is responsible for this and will drive this change throughout your organisation.
If your answers show that you have even a medium degree of change, but will face resistance from one business unit, no clients are impacted and you will run this program by your BAU teams, I can tell you now, Your Program WILL FAIL. Now imagine a program with a high degree of change, more than one business unit impacted, with all their clients being impacted!
Research shows that your transformational programs are 6 times more successful with Change Management. No matter how big or small your organisation, without structure, sponsorship and proper change management applied to your Programs, there is a risk of failure.
If after reading this, you want more information on how change management may be able to help your projects succeed, feel free to contact [email protected]
White Cloud Recruitment specialize in Change Management Recruitment and will partner with you to ensure you secure the right change talent.