Change management like strategic planning and performance management are in my view the 3 great oxymorons of business. Please read more of my thoughts on these here.
Change leadership, strategy and execution plans, and performance leadership on the other hand, are crucial to achieving your best results. Check out this post for more on performance leadership.
A framework these 3 can operate successfully within I call a change process. No-one needs a change program; Everyone wants a change process!
The change process below is the one I use initially in work with my clients. My objective is always to help my clients to co-create their own process with employees, thereby guaranteeing innovation and ownership.
I am deeply indebted to the work of many people who use the concept of Appreciative Inquiry, the work of Duarte, and to my Grandfather Sherriff for teaching me the law of the farm.
The fertile ground is Appreciating what is (the remarkable, the great, the good, and the bad and the ugly).
The better you Appreciate what is, the more fully you can Imagine what can be (the ploughing).
Clarity around what can be enables precise planning around the tiny shifts (Quantum leaps - the seeding) that you will take to move from what is to what can be.
Leaping (the nurturing) leads to the harvest of positive momentum, which is the key to achieving better business results, at less personal cost.
Inside The Appreciative Leader handbook are considerations and possible actions you can take to co-create and implement a change process for your business. You'll never need to think about a change program ever again.
Find out more about the handbook, and the associated companion resources web page and private online community here.
At the companion resources web page via the above link you’ll see examples of specific actions.
Who will you become? What will you do next?
PS I’m very grateful to the work of John Kotter on leading change. For many years while developing the Appreciate - Imagine - Create - Leap - Momentum process I used in my own best way his 8 steps process in my work with many clients.
There’s an excellent ebook about Kotter’s 8 steps here.