Change Management might be dead – Let’s go and have a nice funeral

Change Management might be dead – Let’s go and have a nice funeral

Change Management might be dead

Change management is obsolete – Change management is broken – Change management isn’t applicable anymore

Let’s go and have a nice funeral

In a VUCA world (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) things are very unpredictable, making planning far more difficult.

The term VUCA was coined by the US military in the 1990s to describe the increasingly convoluted and complex geo-political landscape in which it was operating. VUCA has since then found its ways into the cabins and discussion tables of organizations across the world.

Corporate transformation under pressure

This shift into a VUCA environment requires leaders to acquire a new set of change management perspectives and capabilities. Change must be seen as natural and ongoing, rather than something that can be planned for.

Change Management might be dead, but dealing with change not, actually it has increased

In a VUCA world leaders must be able to adapt to – and stimulate – continuous organizational change.

Older procedures, labeled “change management,” often represent outmoded, top-down strategies for gaining “buy-in” and overcoming “resistance” to discrete initiatives.

These older methods, which aim primarily to control change, most often do not result in shared, long-term ownership and engagement, nor heightened readiness and flexibility in the face of continuous, emergent change – which is what the VUCA world is all about. Worse, older change management methods can embed cynicism and workplace fears, making an organization even less resilient.

A company that thrives has “change” in the DNA! Building cultures that embrace and thrive on change, is the best investment business leaders can make in a world in constant flux!

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Torben Rick

Experienced senior executive, both at a strategic and operational level, with strong track record in developing, driving and managing business improvement, development and change management. International experience from management positions in Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.

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Hopefully anything to do with top-down direction is dead, including Change Management if it is simply a productivity improvement tool. You are 100% right when you say that, in order to thrive a company – or any other organisation – has to build change into its DNA. But beware the trap of attempting to build an organisation culture that embraces and thrives on change as a goal. That is just another top-down change initiative too. As Edgar Schein pointed out years ago, organisational culture and leadership are two sides of the same coin. Thus you need to focus on developing leadership – at all levels in the organisation – if you are serious about creating a VUCA-proof organisation.

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