Five Key Principles for Change Management Success
Continuing the theme regarding Managing Change and the importance it will take in the coming years – assuming you want to be successful. These five principles are directed to leaders of organizations. Use this these keys as a guideline and your change initiatives will turn out positive.
The five keys are:
- At all times involve and get agreement from the people in the areas where change is taking center stage.
- Be realistic in your evaluation of the current situation. Sometimes leaders are using their rose colored glasses when they assess the current environment. It will be more important to be real in your assess – looking at the strengths and weaknesses before you start. Objectivity is a good thing.
- Have a clear understanding of the future target. Use a VAK approach – Visualize, Auditory and Kinesthetic descriptions of the goals and targets for change.
- Create clear action plans to achieve the goals described in principle three. Show clear lines of authority, responsibility and accountability for each person involved in the change initiative. One area that is often overlooked is the setting of clear time-lines. These time-lines or milestones allow you to track progress toward the goals and becomes your performance management standard.
- Regular communication of the goals, targets and progress are very necessary for the success of the change initiatives. Open and honest communication will provide a catalyst for your employees to be involved and empowered to produce your goals.
These simple, yet sometimes difficult principles are the key to your successful implementation of any changes that must occur within your organization. Try them out and let me know if they work for you.