Taking The Right Approach To Change

Changing and adapting is part and parcel of being in business.  Periodically organisations may be faced with circumstances that require them to be more structured about change.

Words are often used like the need to transform things, do things differently, re-design to name just a few.

On the other hand is there a right or wrong approach to making change in organisations?https://www.dreamstime.com/-image22091991

In my view probably not.  There will of course be some common things that you want from a change such as:

  • Increasing productivity
  • Reducing waste
  • Reducing cost
  • Increase revenues
  • Make better use of resources.

How you get to those outcomes will differ depending on factors like the levels of urgency, the skills available and where you are starting from.

Sometimes you will be looking at doing something radically different.  In the case of the public and not for profit sectors this is unlikely to be that common, as there are often huge interdependencies.

In other instances you might have one overall aim and a series of smaller initiatives all of which in themselves make a valuable contribution to the end outcome. They often run simultaneously so can quickly gain momentum.

At other times the best way might be to focus on one or two changes, get them fully completed and working.  From that point you can start on another one or to.  The obvious benefit of this approach is that it slowly builds up confidence and demonstrates what’s possible.

Whatever strategy or approach you take to achieving change, what you can be certain of is that there will be challenges along the way.  Accept this and keep moving forward, learning as you go.

Goals and Achievements work in partnership with public and not for profit organisations in order to deliver change and improvement.