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The Five Pillars of Effective Change Management: Insights from a Consultant

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Full article with thanks to: medium.com/@abhijeet.gaware/5-fundamental-facts-about-change-management-explained

Change management is a specialised field of study within the context of a particular organisation whereby it is a stated fact that change is essentially nothing but a state of transition from the present state of the business to a future one. Business organisations mostly look forward to one singular thing during the entire timeline of its existence: stability. But, as we already are aware of, stability is something that businesses can only dream for but never achieve, at least not in the context of the minute and fine details of the internal and external factors constantly influencing the business itself. However, each and every single organisation is supposed to adapt to a particular change that may happen on a large scale basis, and since short term adaptation is just not simply possible, one may assume that the only real way to counter the negative and fatal effects of change is to predict a particular change before the actual occurrence takes place, and apply strategic management principles and methodologies to effectively influence as to what direction the company may take in light of the aforementioned change taking place. Below are some major facts that one should always consider whilst experiencing a major form of change.

Addressing the “human side” in a systematic way

Change affects people one way or the other, and, as such, when there is, in fact, a major wind of change happening in relation to an organisation, it is the worker and the employees who are most affected. People at the top may change, shifting in the position and responsibilities of a particular job position, learning new techniques and technologies are all in a nicely wound package that are concerned with the people of the company in question. Without having much in the way of major plans and strategies beforehand, it would be nigh impossible to deal with this kind of change effectively, no matter what business management strategy is applied.

Starting at the top

When situations appear dire, people tend to look for their respective superiors in order to find some sort of solution. It is just the case with respect to organisations whereby the members who are most responsible for the welfare of the organisation should take it upon themselves to lead the way, and retain a semblance of control and hope in a situation where things might seem to be actually dire and dangerous.

Involving every layer of the organisation

The workforce in any organisation or company tends to work in layers divided upon a number of factors. The welfare of any organisation can be seriously jeopardised if any single layer is unable to face the change happening, and, consequently drags down the company with itself. As such, the powers that be in any organisation should properly and carefully analyse every aspect of these layers; this is one of the core concepts of change management.

Proper communication

Communication is very important in the context of any project management instance, and, as a result, proper realisation and implementation of communication between every layer and employee of the organisation in this particular case. Without proper mode and sense of communication, the people involved in the organisation can never properly co-ordinate or prepare themselves to face whatever change might befall and cause a huge amount of confusion and disarray, thus leading to the implosion of the organisation from its very core.

Assessing the cultural landscape

Oftentimes, the change that is supposed to take place can be wholly considered to be socially and culturally inducing in its nature; for instance, suppose the product that a particular brand has been churning out up until now would fall out of favor or be replaced with something new and trendier. Therefore, assessing the cultural and social backdrop that is intrinsically tied to any particular organisation is also similarly important.

These facts are supposed to represent change management to its very core; there are, however, many others besides this that can supposedly influence and determine if the proper measures and actions are being taken. Thus, as we can see, dealing with change is not a simple feat at all, rather it concerns itself with everything that is on the inside as well on the outside of a specific organisation.

Full article with thanks to: medium.com/@abhijeet.gaware/5-fundamental-facts-about-change-management-explained

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