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Examples of Change Management Plans That Worked

written by: Misty Faucheux • edited by: Jean Scheid • updated: 4/24/2013

Creating a change management plan can be difficult. But luckily there are many examples of successful change management strategies. Here are three examples of companies that utilized successful change management plans.

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    The Basics

    Change management is the ability to effectively deal with change within your organization. But change management doesn’t just take one form. It can come in many. And most people don’t realize this unless they’re within the midst of a change management plan themselves. So, to help you effectively create a change management plan, here are three examples of real world situations where change management was successfully instituted.

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    British Airways

    Back in 1981, British Airways brought on board a new chairperson. When this chairperson started, he noticed that the company was very inefficient and was wasting a lot of valuable resources. To make the organization more profitable, this chairperson decided to restructure the entire organization. He realized that the best way to do this was through a change methodology management plan.

    Source: http://www.airflights.to/Airlines/Europe/England/British-Airways-flights/British-Airways-flights.php5 Systematically, the company began reducing its workforce. But, before this was done, through his change management leadership, the chairman gave the company the reasons for the restructuring and privatization of the company in order to prepare them for the upcoming change. Thus, through leadership and communication, he directed his company through a difficult time that could have been disastrous without effective change management resistance communication.

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    California State University

    While the 1980s may seem like a long time ago, a more recent example can be found at California State University (CSU). Any IT system change that happens at the main campus has to go through every satellite campus, meaning those 23 campuses and thousands of employees, staff, and studentsSource: www.csuci.edu/.../2008-2009/06aboutcsusystem.htm  must adapt their IT systems as well. Dealing with change at a smaller organization can be a nightmare by itself; it’s worse at a larger organization like CSU.

    But, instead of merely throwing their hands up in disgust, the IT department decided to institute an automated change management system. Using Cisco’s Pace functionality, the company can now make upgrades that will automatically make changes to the entire system. To make their change management strategy even more effective, they are now defining who can use what system and what changes they can make to their designated area. Their change management strategy considered the human factor and not only included the automated system, but also defined roles of change so that it would minimize the confusion and issues when a change has to be instituted.

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    A Hometown Church

    Finally, you don’t have to be a big organization to have a change management plan. Take a recent blog post by KM Jeff. Jeff’s church was building a new sanctuary. So, since it was the congregation that was going to be paying for the sanctuary, the church created a steering committee of members of the congregation. Members were invited to participate and give feedback during each step of construction. They were made to feel a part of the process so that they would embrace the change.

    In inviting their members to get involved, the church decreased any negative feelings toward the sanctuary or grumblings from members that they weren’t involved in the process. Getting everyone committed to the process is a key way to ensure that your change management strategy will be a success.

    Keep these examples of successful change management in mind when it's time to write your change management plan.