Technological progress and global integration are driving change in our current environment and the speed at which it is occurring increasing, this means that we need to run organisations in a different way. However, the number of organisations that are responsive to change and adapting their operations is small. Why is this?
In the mid 2000’s Change management was the en-vogue buzzword. Most organisations were consciously implementing Change management strategies, plans and processes, but somehow this seems to have changed. In this day and age, companies still need to navigate an ever-changing sea of obstacles — cultural trends, technological advances and economic shifts — and adapt in order to stay afloat.
The process of managing Change has become more important in this digital era in which we currently operate. Before the 21st century, major market shifts were rare and gradual, but today disruptive innovations are as reliable as the changing of the seasons. And the corporate graveyard is full of companies who failed to adjust to the times. Think Kodak, think Nokia, think Blackberry.
“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” —Benjamin Franklin
Recognising the need for change is the first step. Developing, implementing and managing change is where the hard work lies. Enacting organisational change brings with it many challenges. Resistance to change is a natural human inclination and change in the workplace can feel especially personal for employees. Therefore, regardless of the scale, organisational transformation requires a strategic approach. Change Management is essential.
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