It’s often cited that 70% of change or transformation initiatives fail (McKinsey, Kotter, Blanchard). Much of the research into these failures points a lack of planning, communication, and recognition of the impact on employees. William Bridges, the author of Transitions and numerous other publications, notes that once leaders announce a change to their organization, they have already spent around six months pondering the change themselves. In other words, they’ve had time to acclimate to the idea of change.
Yet employees often have very little time to acclimate to changes and are expected to immediately begin implementing a new way of operating. Unfortunately, the human psyche doesn’t usually shift that quickly. The expectation of rapid acclimation to and implementation of change causes initiatives to founder decreases productivity and increases employee stress.
Whether a change is planned or results from external pressures, leaders can make the most of the organizational change by planning, communicating more effectively and checking the mindset of those involved in the change. Often those implementing day to day change are far removed from organizational leaders. While leaders may have a mindset that supports the change, those implementing it may not have a commensurate mindset.
During this webinar, participants will learn the typical dynamics of change and how to manage them effectively, how to help employees through transitions with more ease and less stress, and how to turn change into an event that, over time, benefits employees at all levels of the company.