Tuesday, January 26, 2016

What is change? An organizational thought

Change is a word we hear a lot of recently, especially in politics and business. Look at job descriptions and resumes and many of them include the term “change agent”.

Change is difficult for all of us, even for those who say they thrive in change. Imagine if someone swapped your favorite toothpaste one day without telling you, and then they changed the type of shoe you wear (not the size), and then they change your diet to something they think is better for you. How would that make you feel? That is how we truly feel about change, but some people are better at rolling with it then others.

“Change and Change Management. On the surface these terms may seem interchangeable. However, there is a significant and important difference between change and change management. When there is no clear delineation, the result is confusion and lack of clarity on what is needed to move an initiative forward. The better we can separately define and address change and change management, the better position we will be in as change management practitioners with a clearer scope and shared sense of direction and purpose”. http://www.change-management.com/tutorial-change-vs-change-management.htm

Students of political systems grapple with a subject matter that is today in constant flux. They must deal not only with the major processes of growth, decay, and breakdown but also with a ceaseless ferment of adaptation and adjustment. The magnitude and variety of the changes that occurred in the world’s political systems beginning in the early 20th century suggest the dimensions of the...” http://www.britannica.com/topic/political-change
Does any of this really mean anything to you, or to the average person? What people are actually thinking is well demonstrated in the video below:

It is funny right? However, the dark side is this is what happens in a lot of organizations when they change rapidly, and when they make changes without knowing who works for them. Sometimes you need top down change (especially in highly regulated industries), but when you are working with high achievers or people you expect to perform at a high level, that can be disastrous if you do not get buy in!

Getting buy in does not mean you take your staff to a nice lunch and then say this is what we are doing. You can buy them food but then take time to not only ask their opinion, but to incorporate their ideas as well.

There is a difference between true change, and a makeover. True change means you are scrapping everything and building up for the better, and that involves detailed plans and complete buy in from everyone. A makeover is trying to disguise a mud pie into a chocolate ├ęclair.
So ask yourself: have you truly changed or are you just dissembling?

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III

The ETeam

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