Thursday, March 12, 2020

The Monthly “Change Insight” Book Tuning: Change Management Cycles and Maturity Mar. 2020

The successful businesses are the ones that can manage change fluently in a structural way.

Change is inevitable, organizational change has become a common practice within an organization, but too often changes are made as a reaction to outer impulses, crisis, and demands. This is the bureaucracy’s way of meeting the challenges. A digital transformation is achieved via dynamic Strategy-Execution-Change lifecycle management, though it is not all linear steps, but an iterative, ongoing and upgoing change continuum.

    Change Management Cycles and Maturity 

How to Handle The Buy-in Cycle of Change Management, Generally speaking, Change Management has a very low percentage of success rate due to varying factors such as static mindsets, poor processes or bad timing, etc. The big “WHY” about change is always fundamental because change shouldn’t be for its own sake, it must have a clear business purpose or a progressive goal. From Change Management perspective, handling the buy-in cycle is an important step or the prerequisite for managing a successful change effort effortlessly.

Are You Well Ahead of Change Curve The digital transformation, like the computer technology revolution itself, is a long journey over the bumpy road. It is reshaping our thinking and recasting the way we view ourselves, the systems of which we are a part of the environment. Digitalization represents the next stage of business maturity which will improve how the enterprise works and interacts with its ecosystem, with people at the center of its focus. Digital leaders need to ask deep questions to understand whether their organizations are well ahead of the change curve or get stuck in the middle of nowhere.

Driving Change with a Full Cycle of “Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, and Transforming The digital era upon us is all about the increasing pace of changes, technology-driven disruptions, and "always-on" businesses with blurred functional, business, or industry territories. Going digital is about breaking down silos, applying the holistic digital management discipline to enter the next business growth cycle and expand organizational horizons to reach a higher level of business maturity. Organizational change management is not just about a few spontaneous business initiatives for reacting to business dynamics. It needs to drive changes systematically with a full cycle of “forming, storming, norming, performing, and transforming.”

Change Management from Buy-in to Enrollment Business Change Management is managing everything that is necessary to get people to adopt new ways of working such as stakeholder management, communications, process or organizational change, training, business readiness, and technical change management, etc. Compared to the business world 20 years ago, the speed of change is increasing, and digital ecosystem has become more complex and dynamic, Change Management also turns to be more complex, that’s perhaps part of reasons why the failure rate of Change Management is so stubbornly high. Leadership is an important success factor in managing changes, from buy-in to enrollment, how deep should leaders involve in?

Manage Change as Continuum, not Conundrum? Digital disruptions are inevitable, and digital transformation is unstoppable. Nowadays, change happens nonlinearly with increasing pace. Organizations shouldn’t just respond to them in a reactive way or perceive change as a conundrum. The successful businesses are the ones that can manage change fluently in a structural way, they have learned WHY to change, WHEN change is called for, decide WHAT to change, WHO are change agents, WHEN to change, and HOW to change effectively, manage change not just as linear steps, but an iterative continuum and build change as the differentiated business capability.

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