Every successful project begins with a clear and compelling vision that translates to a business case for the change, is simple to articulate, and easy to understand. People are more open to change if they can see a clear picture of the future state, understand their roles in making the change happen, and are convinced that they will benefit personally from investing their time and support. What’s in it for them?
Successful Change Management is a collaborative rather than a manipulative process, driven by continuous feedback from your stakeholders from the beginning of the project through lessons learned. When leaders, project team and stakeholders listen to each other, evaluate and apply the information effectively, and stay focused on project success, it’s much easier to adjust to the inevitable bumps along the way and reach the goal faster. Then everyone has something to celebrate.
For their change vision to be realized, leaders must commit to active and visible sponsorship and support. Change leadership cannot be outsourced. Only the leaders of an organization can lead its people through a change. Only the leaders can help the people through the inevitable performance dip. As a Change Manager, are you prepared to coach your leaders in successfully leading a change effort?