The CEO’s viewpoint on leading change
What executives think and do in order to succeed with change
As advisors in a Nordic management consulting firm, we work with a large number of business leaders every year, helping them develop and improve their organisations and businesses. The challenges and possibilities facing these leaders come in many different shapes, but we find that there is one constant – it all involves change.
Strategy as Transformation
When a butterfly flaps its wings in Denmark, the ultimate consequence may be that it triggers a hurricane in the Caribbean months later. This was one of the more spectacular conclusions that followed in the wake of the discovery that complex systems, such as the atmosphere, are extremely sensitive to the slightest change in the system’s initial conditions.
The art of implementing real change
When a butterfly flaps its wings in London, the ultimate consequence may be that it triggers a hurricane in the Caribbean months later. This was one of the more spectacular conclusions that followed in the wake of the discovery that complex non-linear systems, such as the earth’s atmosphere, are extremely sensitive to the slightest change in the system’s initial conditions.
How to succeed with change
Implement has investigated whether CEOs use a set framework to guide them when driving change. The general conclusion was that they do not. One notable exception was that 15-20% of the CEOs stated that they use Lean and "continuous improvement" as basic models when working with change.
We believe that people support what they create. Promoting engagement, understanding and commitment will not only ensure the well-being of your staff, it will guarantee your change project’s success.
Through clear communication and fast implementation, you will increase your change success rate.
Management team support
An effective management team is vital when dealing with change. That is why developing your strengths as a team is so important before you embark on a large change initiative.
During change initiatives, it is important for organisations to recognise that their managers are facing different challenges depending on their individual experience and abilities. Change coaching gives managers the individual support they need.
Getting support from the whole organisation during major change is difficult. By making employees the agents of change and involving them in the change dialogue will make the transition easier.
Change management training
By putting your change agents through the change management training, you will ensure they have effective tools that will support them (and the rest of your organisation) in the implementation process.