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How to Create an Effective Change Management Strategy for Your Organization?

  • By Diana Kawarsky, MA, CCP
  • May 24, 2022

change management

A change management strategy is a detailed outline of how a company plans to implement specific changes or developments within the business operations. This outline can include changes within the scheduling, inventory, or project scope.

Producing a change management strategy involves an in-depth review of the company and growth predictions. A successfully mapped strategy should entail transparency and communication with all involved.

Let’s look at how to plan and execute an effective change management strategy proposal.

Define the Change

Change management can be difficult. Therefore, define the change for exactly what it is. Create an outline that defines the reason for the change and the areas in which changes need to be made clearly and concisely.

Start at the Top and Frontline Employees

The idea is to gain the support of those with a vested interest in your organization. This support begins with your managers. Every good organization has strong leadership to guide the members. With organizational change management, it is imperative for all internal leaders to be well-informed and educated on the change at hand.

Furthermore, any formalities will appear to have merit with a united front. From here, the frontline workers can be brought into the conversation.

Be Transparent and Honest

Communication is key. Being open and honest with complete transparency provides everyone with a sense of pride and responsibility. An efficient change management strategy has several layers of end goals. Tackle each one with transparency.

Maintaining two-way communication can encourage acceptance and compliance with changes. During the initial change process, expect resistant voices. It is important to listen as a collective argument may just help steer the company’s goals in the right direction. You can also engage each member by providing surveys and feedback.

Work on Change Resistance

To deploy a change, use change management training to equip leaders with the proper tools. Various models such as Lewin’s, Kotter’s, and Prosci’s, just to name a few, can help you combat resistance you might face from involved parties.

The key is to prepare for risks by developing various scenarios and solutions. With change strategy, include risks willing to take and which risks must be eliminated.

Provide Training to Employees

Create excitement by providing the tools needed for changes in policies or technology. An employee will feel appreciated, recognized, and will adapt to change more readily.

The Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”. The saying applies to change management strategy in terms of providing all employees adequate training to ensure they have the tools to succeed.

How The Soft Skills Group Can Help with Organizational Change Management Skills Training?

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Diana Kawarsky, MA, CCP

Diana is President of The Soft Skills Group Inc., and a senior training & development professional with over 20 years of experience in delivery, design & consulting with Fortune 500 companies, Universities & Colleges in Canada, USA, Europe, and Asia. Read More