Because "change" is never readily or easily accepted, development of a Change Management (People) Strategy helps to plan and allow for a smooth transitioning of individuals, teams, and organizations from its "current state" to a desired "future state". No organization can afford to remain static because the business environment in which it operates is constantly changing, and with this is a constant need and struggle to effectively manage change from both an internal and external perspective.
Goal-Oriented Approach: By helping organizations (or teams) to focus their activities on specific business results you can emphasize knowledge transfer to ensure development of a change management capability within the organization.
Structured Approach: Allows individuals, teams and organizations to address not only the typical business elements - business needs identification, project definition, business solution design and implementation - but also the people element. The difficulty with aligning and transitioning people is the most common reason for project failure..
KEY CHANGE MANAGEMENT ELEMENTS
Sponsorship: Many projects fail due to sponsorship mismanagement. All too often, sponsors see their role as providing endorsement during the initial stages of change management, but with no further engagement.
Resistance Management: Resistance to change is not always bad, and can be used as a resource for new ideas and breakthroughs.
Communications and Buy-in: A majority of a change management team's efforts can be spent in the development and execution of a communication plan, but it is wise to remember that an effective communications plan is one that begins communications early, communicates frequently, utilizes several channels, and involves "all" levels of management.
Assessment & Training: Often, change management initiatives neglect to analyze whether employees have the required skills to successfully operate in the new environment. Human capital assessment, development of training programs, adjusting hiring profiles and techniques is critical to the on-going success of the change management program.
A well developed approach ensures the proper focus necessary for building the change management capability for the organization as a whole.