Key to an organisation going through any change are a few fundamental principles which apply to any size organisation. Rather like a journey you have to decide where you want to go and once you have that clear in your head you have to decide where you are now. Most people have heard the story of the Irishman who informed a lost couple “that if he wanted to go to their desired location he would not start from here” . And there is a lot in that statement, for it is understanding the reality of the current position of the organisation and preparing and adjusting it until it is right to begin the journey that is vital to the process. For it is from there that the journey starts.
Once you know where you are and where you want to go youe have direction and vision underpinned by a dose of reality. This is your strategy.
Now you must turn to the execution of that strategy constantly basing your assumptions and reviewing that strategy when necessary.
The execution phase continues the planning of the change journey. How are you going to move from where you are to where you want to be? Who are you going to undertake the journey with? What controls and checks do youneed in place to assist you upon that journey?
The first question is complex and yet simplified by the strategy, for it is here that the dastardly detail lies. The second is more about knowing your people and optimising their talent and potential; putting the right people on the right tasks. The final question is about boundaries and momentum. Boundaries and checks to ensure that you progress in the right direction at the right pace and the measurement of progress to maintain momentum to keep you going when you lose motivation or drive to complete the journey.
So simply the rules for the change process are: