Taking Change Lightly
How to avoid the pitfalls of implementing change in your business? You cannot over communicate and If people are not communicated with and made to feel outside of any decision making process, they will generally resist any changes that you want to put in place, so even if you think your changes seem low impact, it doesn't pay to take change lightly!
Let's look at some of the reasons why change doesn’t always turn out as you expect it to? Even after implementing something which may have started out as a great plan, can lose momentum along the way, so take care not to let this happen in your business by taking careful and collaborative steps.
The choices you make will affect others, stakeholders and your customers. Here is a simple proactive process that you can adopt to help you with your decision-making process:
- Take the time to evaluate all your options, short, medium and long-term
- Look forward and consider the outcomes for each option
- Record and use steps 1 & 2 and start to build your change plan
- Seek expert guidance as/when needed, reach out at the earliest signs
Even in situations when it’s clear that change is needed, and the results look positive, various and common pitfalls may still prevail. Better to seek and buy in the right expert guidance at the early stages of implementing any changes in your business, which will save you time, resource and money in the long run!
Be aware of the consequences of leaving it too late to bring in the right help and expertise, it could lead to your change plan and its wheels dropping off, ultimately to the failure of implementation and changes you set out to achieve for the future of your business.
Lack of buy-in and communication
Buy-in is about making sure that others agree and are actively supportive, so ideally you will have the blanket support by getting the key people on board to start with, which will greatly improve your chances of making your business change plan land successfully.
The prospect of change will always make people anxious, so keeping the flow of communication as open as possible will help to alleviate ‘best guess’ and ‘low whispers’ about the impending transitions you have planned.
Stamp out rumours
If you want to help to stamp out any misconceptions, rumours or chit-chat you can help alleviate this by developing an official communications process and reducing the amount of misinterpretation, which will help to encourage both trust, make people feel inclusive and part of the change journey.
As humans we are creatures of habit, which explains why we instinctively tend to dislike change, so where possible think about providing some forms of training and support throughout your change process to help nurture the success for you, your business and increase the chances of creating sustainable change and a better future.
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