Change management is the strategizing and implementing of strategies, ideas, and skills required to effectively engage change. All of these topics are included when it comes to:
• Planning the change that needs to take place
• Implementing the change once all parties have agreed on a course of action
• Continuing the support of the change following the made improvements
The Basics Of Managing Change
Change management involves methods pertaining to organizational change, whether it us professional development, technology implementation, departmental mergers, or developing team based organizational structure. There are typically two levels of change management.
The first level applies to any type of organizational change. This might involve the development of a new department or implementing new technology. Human response to that change is examined at this level while effective strategies for achieving change are created.
The second level pertains to specific changes within the organization. This might include establishing communication for the change in regards to new technology implementations. This level could also be used for training staff, building relationships, restructuring business procedures, or developing groups to successfully manage a project.
Change management consists of strategies and skills. Without proper implementation of both, change could be affected. Leadership capacity will be monumental in regards to assessing what changes need to be made in regard to the business need for the change, while maintain positive energy for the people affected during, and after, the change.
For the strategy portion, the leader should communicate in detail every step of the plan. For the skill portion, that leader would meet with stakeholder groups, such as customers, sponsors, suppliers, and even staff. Combing both of these target areas improves the chances of discussions and resolvability of the change.
Be Prepared To Deal With Change Management
Change isn’t easy for everyone involved. Your staff may not be ready for the changes in organization structure, but you can help to ease the transition for them. Change management helps people deal with these changes by:
• Recognizing human dynamics and how to use that knowledge to achieve the best possible outcome
• Strategizing a map for guiding action to keep everyone on course during the change
• Developing relationships needed to maximize the change in the most effective way possible
There will be stages that people go through during the changes taking place. Every person navigates differently down the road of change. As the leader, you are responsible for steering that ship so no one gets lost during the journey.
Change management is put in place so that the structure and integrity of your organization will thrive before, during, and after changes have been implemented. Use the resources at your disposal to effectively lead and guide your team down the path to success.