As the adage goes, “the only thing constant is change.” Change management is now a regular feature in most companies and seamless execution of this process becomes critical for organizational success. Change involves all stakeholders of the enterprise, but is primarily driven by the project manager.
Creativity can be a great thing, but in the world of project management, change can mean a lot of time getting everyone on board. If you allow creativity to flourish within your team, the project will benefit–and it doesn’t necessarily mean making changes, either.
ADKAR is the acronym for Awareness, Desire, Knowledge, Ability, and Reinforcement. It depicts the five stages for an individual to make a successful change. The steps are sequential and cumulative, and an individual has to attain the goals of one stage before moving on to the next stage.
Leavitt offered a new approach to looking at organizations, in which every organization consists of four interactive components. This approach is now widely used for making organizational change more effective. Keep reading to learn more about these components and their interactive behavior.
Change is difficult to implement, but the formula proposed by Beckhard and Gleicher makes it easier by combating resistance with three variables of change. Learn more about the formula and its variables in this explanation.
As a project manager, you need to adapt to new things each time you start a new project or work with a new team and different stakeholders. A look at singer Rod Stewart’s career may be just the ticket to understanding environmental change—he did it with ease.
Corporate sustainability could have been a tradition and our environment wouldn’t be the way it is now, had society paid heed to the early warnings against wasteful use of natural resources. Today, social/environmental projects seem like tall orders as problems to be addressed are all-encompassing.
It can be easy to dismiss change management as unnecessary, especially when the changes being undertaken seem innocuous. However, there are many benefits of change management - especially if you consistently undertake the change management process each time your company is faced with change.
Failure to communicate during an important project can be fatal to success. Find out how to stay on track with a change control checklist. You’ll find included a link to a free, downloadable Word document you can use for this purpose.
Using SMART goals in your change management process can ensure any change within your organization runs effortlessly, especially when it comes to resistance to change. Here, Jean Scheid offers up an example of how SMART goals and change management tools can make changes flow smoothly.