The Change Issue
I was reminded this past week how difficult it is to deal with the unexpected. As the Northeast was blanketed with almost 3 feet of snow, people were taken out of their normal routines — dealing with school closings, flight re-routing, rail closures, roadway accidents, and even the grueling task of shovel driveways and sidewalks. Everyone was out of sorts as they shared their experiences of hardship and difficulty in different ways.
Dealing with change in organizations, much like dealing with dramatic change in the weather, is disruptive. It is often under-appreciated, and often unaccounted for as organizations execute new strategic initiatives or system implementations.
Change management is an amorphous term. Having developed and managed change programs almost exclusively during my career I focus on the processes, the tools and the techniques to manage the people-side of change – keeping the change under control while minimizing distractions and negative impact for people. After all, successful adoption and personal transition is most important part of sustainable change.
We hope you find these articles both insightful and inspirational as you make strides toward executing change for the coming year.
Sondra Leibner, Senior Consultant & Change Lead
TayganPoint Consulting Group