Adapting Your Business to ChangeArt Gib
March 24, 2009 — 2,525 views
Change occurs in our lives, our homes and our businesses whether we like it or not. And, in order to be successful, especially in business, we need to be able to adapt to that change and use it to our advantage rather than having it become a downfall. Of course, successful adaptation doesn't just happen overnight. It happens through careful planning and organization. In other words, it happens through organizational change management.
When properly implemented, organizational change management makes it possible for the company to get an idea of where they are headed and gives them the knowledge necessary to implement the right changes at the right time. This is helpful because an end goal or final destination on the horizon makes it easier for employees to make adjustments and understand why certain changes need to take place. As a result, it is much more effective and easy to cope with than an unplanned and unorganized system which typically does more harm than good.
If you're a businessman looking to implement some changes or adapt to some changes in your business than it's not a bad idea to hire an organizational change management team. A good team will be able to implement the changes with very little disruption to the flow of the business, and it will be done in a timely manner.
They will also work with you on other things. They'll help you with future planning, working with you to get an idea of where you want the business to be in the future, and what key elements will get you there. They will, of course, create a strategy to implement the change. This strategy should be cost-effective and meet with your approval. Since you will need the change to continue after they are gone, you will need a team who is willing and able to create a leadership framework. This framework should be trained implementing and sustaining the changes. A good team will work closely with you, getting your input on the changes you desire and coming up with future projections for those changes, such as how they will affect your company, yourself, and your employees.
It takes time and energy to help a business adapt to current economic and business situations, but the time is worth it. Your organizational change management team will make this adaptation easier on you and it will be done in a timely, efficient manner. Just remember, your business is an investment and as such you want to give it as great a chance as possible at success.
About the Author
The revere group is a company that assists small and mid-sized businesses with organizational change management (http://www.reveregroup.com/services/operational-efficiency/organizational-change-management.aspx) and other necessary training and adaptation situations. Art Gib is a freelance writer.