Successful change management is one of the biggest issues that organizations are currently challenged with. In our world of disruption and regular transformation, change is a constant that cannot be avoided if an organization wants to survive, let alone thrive. Effectively guiding employees through evolutions is a core value of leadership.
As a child, change wasn’t a choice for me. My dad was in the Navy and my parents were divorced, so I spent most Summers flying to dad’s current base with my sister. My childhood was one full of change and travel. I was able to see much of the United States and explore abroad, before I even had my driver’s license. While change was a constant for me throughout my life, it still to this day requires adjusting. No matter how high performing or adaptable an employee may be, everyone needs to be supported through change.
I started my career in the healthcare industry as an intern and, over the span of 9 years, was able to transition to the role of Executive. Those 9 years were made up of constant transitioning, transforming, and adjusting – sometimes it even felt like a complete career shift. These experiences have helped me understand why people resist change and has helped me understand how to help others navigate and successfully get onboard with transitions. Here are 3 insights I’ve learned over the years that have helped me lead teams through evolutions:
By: Kathryn Harness, Partner, Fringe Transformation Group