So goes the phrase: "If nothing changes, nothing changes."
According to John Kotter, change expert and author of "A Force For Change: How Leadership Differs from Management" there are eight reasons why change initiatives fail:
- Too much complexity
- Failure to building coalition and support
- Not understanding the need for a clear vision
- Failure to clearly communicate the vision
- Permitting roadblocks and resistance to change
- Not planning for short-term results, and not achieving them
- Declaring victory too soon
- Failure to institutionalize changes in organizational culture
What to do about them?
- Establish a sense of urgency
- Build coalition (buy-in and support) for the change initiative
- Develop a clear vision
- Share and communicate the vision
- Empower people to clear the obstacles and roadblocks
- Secure short-term wins
- Keep moving ahead - stick with it
- Anchor the changes within your culture
Thanks to Skip Reardon / Six Disciplines, LLC.