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The were working well, there would be no need for concept of global reach was in the initial ver- a major transformation. But since the current sion from the beginning. So was the idea of be- system is not working, reform generally de- coming preeminent in certain businesses.
But more is usually re- Without a sensible vision, a transformation the vision to someone in quired. Without a sound vision, the and communication.
Off-site retreats, for two reengineering project in the accounting de- signifies both or three days, are one popular vehicle for ac- partment, the new degree performance understanding and complishing this task. Sometimes they have no history of no vision. In one case, a company gave out teamwork at the top and therefore undervalue four-inch-thick notebooks describing its change the importance of this type of coalition.
In mind-numbing detail, the books times they expect the team to be led by a staff spelled out procedures, goals, methods, and executive from human resources, quality, or deadlines. But nowhere was there a clear and strategic planning instead of a key line man- compelling statement of where all this was ager. No matter how capable or dedicated the leading. Not surprisingly, most of the employ- staff head, groups without strong line leader- ees with whom I talked were either confused ship never achieve the power that is required.
In fact, they guiding coalition can make apparent progress probably had just the opposite effect.
But, sooner or later, the opposition In a few of the less successful cases that I gathers itself together and stops the change. But they were undermines the vision.
In a review of a divi- buried—deeply. In more successful transformation efforts, Error 4: Undercommunicating the executives use all existing communication Vision by a Factor of Ten channels to broadcast the vision.
They take ritualistic, group actually does develop a pretty good tedious quarterly management meetings and transformation vision and then proceeds to turn them into exciting discussions of the communicate it by holding a single meeting or transformation.
They throw out much of the sending out a single communication. The guiding when few people seem to understand the new principle is simple: Use every possible channel, approach. In the second pattern, the head of especially those that are being wasted on non- the organization spends a considerable amount essential information. In the third pat- consciously attempt to become a living symbol tern, much more effort goes into newsletters of the new corporate culture.
This is often not and speeches, but some very visible senior ex- easy. A year-old plant manager who has ecutives still behave in ways that are antitheti- spent precious little time over 40 years think- cal to the vision.
The net result is that cynicism ing about customers will not suddenly behave among the troops goes up, while belief in the in a customer-oriented way. But I have wit- communication goes down. In that case, a high level of urgency dreds or thousands of people are willing to helped. So did all the communication, even if they are unhappy with the status quo, which kept reminding him of the desired be- unless they believe that useful change is possi- havior, and all the feedback from his peers and ble.
Without credible communication, and a subordinates, which helped him see when he lot of it, the hearts and minds of the troops are was not engaging in that behavior.
Nothing undermines change more Gaining understanding and support is tough than behavior by important individuals that is when downsizing is a part of the vision.
For inconsistent with their words. In a routine discussion about a business progresses. In provide leadership. But the big ones must ers others to take action simply by successfully be confronted and removed. If the blocker is a communicating the new direction.
Re- treated fairly and in a way that is consistent newal also requires the removal of obstacles. Action is essential, both Too often, an employee understands the new to empower others and to maintain the credi- vision and wants to help make it happen, but bility of the change effort as a whole. But in Real transformation takes time, and a renewal most cases, the blockers are very real.
Sometimes compensation Without short-term wins, too many people or performance-appraisal systems make peo- give up or actively join the ranks of those peo- ple choose between the new vision and their ple who have been resisting change. Then market share. But whatever the sion was allowed to undermine most of the case, the win is unambiguous. The result is not new initiatives. He paid lip service to the pro- just a judgment call that can be discounted by cess but did not change his behavior or encour- those opposing change.
He did not reward Creating short-term wins is different from the unconventional ideas called for in the vi- hoping for short-term wins. The latter is pas- sion. He allowed human resource systems to sive, the former active. In a successful transfor- remain intact even when they were clearly in- mation, managers actively look for ways to ob- consistent with the new ideals.
To some degree, goals in the yearly planning system, achieve he did not believe the company needed major the objectives, and reward the people involved change. To some degree, he felt personally threat- with recognition, promotions, and even money. To some degree, he was For example, the guiding coalition at a U.
The new product was selected the one blocker.
Again, the reasons were com- about six months into the effort because it met plex. The company had no history of confront- multiple criteria: It could be designed and ing problems like this. The CEO was concerned that he be handled by a small team of people who might lose a talented executive.
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The net result were devoted to the new vision, it had upside was disastrous. Lower-level managers concluded potential, and the new product-development that senior management had lied to them team could operate outside the established de- about their commitment to renewal, cynicism partmental structure without practical prob- grew, and the whole effort collapsed.
They go after systems and structures that effort. When it becomes clear to people that are not consistent with the transformation vi- major change will take a long time, urgency sion and have not been confronted before. Commitments to produce They pay great attention to who is promoted, short-term wins help keep the urgency level up who is hired, and how people are developed.
While cele- occurred each year over a seven-year period. The peak came ile and subject to regression. In two of the porate body. While sort of thing happen to huge quality projects, Two factors are particularly important in in- organizational development efforts, and more.
But it is the When people are left on their own to make premature victory celebration that kills mo- the connections, they sometimes create very mentum. And then the powerful forces associ- inaccurate links. For example, because results ated with tradition take over. In their enthu- own improved customer service and productiv- siasm over a clear sign of progress, the initia- ity were instrumental.
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The author's eight-step process for managing change with positive results has become the foundation for leaders and organizations across the globe. By outlining the process organizations have used to achieve transformational goals and by identifying where and how even top performers derail during the change process, the author provides a practical resource for leaders and managers charged with making change initiatives work. Read more Show all links.Collins and Jerry I.
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