Change has become a necessity so that business processes can be optimized repeatedly. Change Management is a practice that is followed by most project managers and team leaders in an organization to enable changes in that organization. Creating Urgency Timely deliverables are important in project management. According to Kotter, it becomes necessary to develop a sense of urgency in the organization so as to ensure that the work is done on time.
This scene is an accurate description of the state of some organizational change efforts.
Like this family trip, many organizational change efforts run out of gas before the organization ever reaches its desired goals.
These change efforts lose their momentum because of poor execution. Just like the traveler who overestimated how far the family could travel on a tank of gas, senior leadership overestimates how far the change effort can proceed on the successful implementation of a few short term wins.
To avoid this fate, senior leadership and the guiding coalition must consolidate the gains from earlier short term wins and implement more change. This seventh step of John Kotter's, eight step, Leading Change Model, prevents the organization from sliding into complacency and it continues the momentum for change.
The intent of Step 7 is to use the success of Step 6, generate short term winsas a means to implement larger change efforts. This seventh step is a tool to prevent the organization from reverting to its old way of doing things complacency and to counter any continuing resistance to change.
To prevent the organization from going back to the old ways of things, you must have continuing progress with your change effort. Click To Tweet Over time, organizations develop many processes, internal connections, and inter-departmental procedures or inter-dependencies, as John calls them. In working with stakeholders on this step, I find that there was likely a legitimate reason for all of these inter-dependencies.
With time however, some inter-dependencies are no longer necessary and as they currently exist they represent real obstacles to the change effort as they support the status quo. It requires patience to help critical organizational stakeholders understand that the time for these inter-dependencies has passed.
It also requires the active involvement of senior leadership. Keeping senior leadership engaged can be difficult as I find the temptation is great for senior leadership to feel their previous efforts are sufficient for this step.
How to Consolidate Gains and Implement More Change Senior leadership involvement is just as critical in Step 7 as it is in the earlier steps, however. Through its communication and actions, senior leadership must keep the urgency level high to effect change.
Using its organizational power, senior leadership sponsors the removal of unnecessary inter-dependencies. This requires the allocation of additional resources as the effort here is generally not on low hanging fruit.
Lower level managers are needed to work with the guiding coalition. Working together, they identify unnecessary inter-dependencies and lead projects as needed to effect change. These gains further validate the legitimacy of the change effort and help to counter organizational resistance.
Organizational resistance to change is a reality for any significant effort. Some important stakeholders will resist the change through each of the various steps no matter how well the effort is communicated and implemented.
Some people will resist your change effort no matter how well you communicate and implement it. Click To Tweet This is particularly true in large organizations where effecting change is complex and more time consuming.
However, even in smaller organizations resistance from a few stakeholders who are invested in the status quo can be just as fierce as it is in larger organizations. I have seen both forms of resistance. The following quote from John's book, Leading Change, discusses the certainty of some form of continuing resistance for significant change efforts: Irrational and political resistance to change never fully dissipates.
Even if you're successful in the early stages of a transformation, you often don't win over the self centered manager who is appalled when a reorganization encroaches on his turf, or the narrowly focused engineer who can't fathom why you want to spend so much time worrying about customers, or the stone-hearted finance executive who thinks empowering employees is ridiculous.
This quote from John is a reality check on the difficulty of organizational change. Resistance to change may go underground because of the continuing involvement of senior leadership, but it generally never completely disappears.
It is ready to surface if an opportunity arises. For this reason, successfully consolidating gains and implementing more change is a powerful strategy to counter irrational and political resistance. It is hard to argue against continuing success! At Step 7, senior leadership must resist the temptation to focus on other priorities in the organization or even slow down the change effort.
Instead, working with the guiding coalition, senior leadership consolidates the gains from its short term wins, removes unnecessary inter-dependencies, and implements larger change in the organization.
The continuing success of the change effort from a successful implementation of Step 7 is a powerful force against organizational complacency and organizational resistance. Organizations fail when they let up before the change effort is completed! To avoid having the change effort run out of gas, senior leadership must maintain the urgency for change even at Step 7 of the eight step model.
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a goal-oriented eight-step change model for transforming large organizations (Kotter, ). Central to the success of this model are quality leaders that facilitate change by breaking the status quo, inspiring and motivating people, and institutionalizing positive changes.
Kotter’s 8 step change management model This model establishes a sense of urgency and makes change to become a campaign. It makes the employee to feel that change is necessary and they direct their energy so that change can begin in a guided way. Thi. The first step of the 8-step model is to create a sense of urgency.
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