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Change management is obsolete – Change management is broken – Change management isn’t applicable anymore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

Change management is obsolete – Change management is broken – Change management isn’t applicable anymore Let’s go and have a nice funeral.

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.

The change management challenge in organizations is overwhelming

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!

Short URL & title:
Change Management might be dead – Let’s go and have a nice funeral — https://www.torbenrick.eu/t/r/cju
Share it:
If you enjoyed this article, please take 5 seconds to share it on your social network. Thanks!

Torben Rick
About The Author

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, Switzerland and United Kingdom

Add a comment

*Please complete all fields correctly

Related Post

Without a crisis no organizational change
Posted by Torben Rick | June 24, 2020
Without a crisis no organizational change
Companies need a crisis to change Organizations need to be able to make dramatic adjustments in the face of all kinds of change, unexpected developments, challenging environments and sudden opportunities....
Kill the company - If it ain't broke, don't fix it - Fix it anyway
Posted by Torben Rick | June 11, 2020
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – Fix it anyway
Is there something profoundly wrong with some of the basic assumptions about how change works? Two decades ago “about 70% of all change initiatives fail.” Today, according to global consulting...
Why does organizational failure occur at such a high rate – A once-off Town Hall ain’t gonna cut it
Posted by Torben Rick | May 9, 2020
Why does organizational change fail
Changing something across the entire organization is a big deal, and a big commitment. Six common reasons why change fails, and why company strategies don't get successfully implemented
Send this to a friend