New Year, New Change!January 28th, 2013 by Alexandra Thurman
As we are settling in to 2013, the festive hype and New Year shenanigans becoming a distant memory and your new year’s resolutions are becoming part of your daily routine (or not…), have you thought about how you can make your organisation better?
Looking for a structured approach to managing change? What might change management mean in relation to me and my organisation?
In our best selling Managing Business Transformation: A Practical Guide, author Melanie Franklin, CEO of Maven Training, lists a few examples of what one might describe as change management:
- Engagement of individuals and the organisation to enable a smooth transition to a desirable and sustainable changed state.
- All the management activities to successfully move from the current state to the desired future state.
- Understanding and defining the scope of change required. It includes the planning and successful implementation of the change. It involves engagement of stakeholders working together.
Why might my organisation undergo a business transformation?
Organisations may need, rather than want, to undertake a business transformation to stay competitive in the ever changing business environment. Advances in technology and information mean that companies – successful companies – are always two moves ahead of themselves, however, this also means that they must consistently remain ahead of themselves. In order to compete, organisations must not be afraid of the changes that take them there; they have nothing to lose. A transformation can take your organisation from being a stagnant player to a mobile player again.
Embarking on a business transformation is a healthy way of business life.
How do you identify the changes that will benefit your business and begin to implement them?
Implementing business change is a mammoth task, one that any change manager will appreciate help with. Our Business Transformation Toolkit guides organisations in implementing change, providing expert documentation in the form of processes and procedures, forms, records and checklists.
A fundamental point to remember is that effective business change depends on appropriate planning, communication and documentation tools. This toolkit, specifically designed to support the best practice guidance contained in Managing Business Transformation: A Practical Guide, will guide and support you and your change team in all these critical areas.
It is important to identify, from the offset, with senior management what the strategy and approach will be for a business change. This will make the implementation process throughout the organisation easier; knowing that you have the support and commitment of senior management behind the project.
Written and designed by one of our leading authors, Melanie Franklin CEO Maven Training, this toolkit is the pioneering tool for any industry sector organization, helping them to make the most out of their business. Change management is fundamental to any organisation in order to avoid stagnation – being behind the times is not a good place to be in today’s competitive business market.
Melanie Franklin has an extensive track record in the realisation of business change programmes within the public and private sectors.
So… how about your new year’s business resolution as:
- Plan and prepare for change, identify the objectives of the change needing to be made, communicate it and manage the impact of the change.
- Implement change, building an effective change team.
- Embed the change, for the transition to appear seamless to the customer.
What is the worst that can happen…? If you don’t embark on a business transformation you will still be in the same situation you are in now…OR you successfully rejuvenate your organisation, step up and start taking the lead.