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Change Management step one

January 6, 2013 2 comments

I wanted to merge two thoughts into a small post. One is Simon Sinek’s the Power of Why and the other one is Kotter’s 8-step process for leading change.

In my work in a rapidly growing organisation, change is business as usual. Is change management really needed among all these entrepreneurial, agile, change embracing people? I think so. All those entrepreneurial, agile, change embracing people are already keeping themselves very busy with changing other important stuff and won’t listen or do anything without a compelling reason. If you’re about to change something significant within an organisation and haven’t seen Kotter’s 8-step process, I suggest you go and read it, it’s a great way to drive change.

I wanted to write specifically about step 1. Creating a sense of urgency – a real sense of urgency. I really like this quote:

Guaranteed to Fail:  The problem in failed change initiatives is rarely that the case for change is poorly thought out, or not supported with sufficient facts. A solid business case that has a theoretically “compelling” rationale only appeals to people’s head and not their heart.

This is where Simon Sinek’s TED talk “Start with Why” fits in. The real Why, if connected to a purpose or vision, will get past the rationale and reach the hearts. Great first step.

50% of change initiatives miss out on this step.

Why? 😉