Improved Skills and Leadership Make Change Happen
So now you are ready to make change happen in your organization. What have you done to improve the skills and knowledge of the people who will be asked to make the change projects successful?
Here is the truth -using more experienced and skilled change managers can reduce the risks of having a troubled or unsuccessful change project. So again, what are doing to enhance the abilities of the change management teams?
A great place to start is the leadership of the change teams. Effective change leadership is critical to the success of the teams. It is an advantage to create dedicated positions of change leaders within your organization – similar to the project management leaders. The project management leader is more common today than in previous decades. The same thing will happen to the change management leadership position in coming years – be an early adopter and gain a competitive advantage.
While having a dedicated change management leader will increase the success factor by a minimum of 20%, an even more important factor is top management sponsorship and close support of change management projects. In fact, top management support is the single most important factor related to successful projects. Top leaders must have a clear understanding of the importance of change and the advantages the organization will attain using a systematic change management system.
Take a moment to reflect upon change projects within the past two years at your organization. What worked and why? What did not work and why? If you take the time to examine the success and failures of these change initiatives – top management support or non-support will have a major relationship to the level of success.
What can you do as a leader to show support for change? That is the major question for you today.