Change Management Will Help Your Business Succeed Over Time

The only thing constant in life – and in business – is change. If businesses do not change, they will cease to be competitive, and will lose their customers to new businesses who have innovative strategies and can more effectively reach the consumer with their products. Change management companies, which are designed to help businesses modify their policies and adopt new ways of thinking, exist primarily to prevent this phenomenon.

Newly created organizations as well as established companies all have use for business coaching services and change management companies. Business coaches help the company to tease out their ideas and integrate newer methodologies into their business practices to keep them current and viable in terms of today’s market. In this kind of coaching, there isn’t a problem that owners wish to alter or eradicate in the company, but a general advisor is needed to help push the business forward.

Coaching companies are used to fine tune businesses in the areas of marketing, public relations, and human resources. Each of these important areas can be affected by the strategies businesses use in order to be successful. Businesses must have a strong business plan in order to succeed and get the most out of their business.

Change management is essential to a business in order to keep it from becoming stagnant. Complacency with a business plan encourages the participants to ignore the changes in the world around them. When this happens, the business loses touch with the needs of its potential clients and customers. This is a guaranteed way to lose business and fail in today’s highly competitive commercial world.

Alongside companies offering services designed to enhance the overall competitiveness of a business, some business services companies take on the task of project management. Instead of taking a broad overview of the business strategy as a whole, these companies narrow their focus to a particular task or project within the business.

An example of a business branching off into a new field would be if, for instance, a computer manufacturer has an interest in the portable music industry, and must then decide whether entering into that field would be lucrative or not. This is when hiring a project management company may be a valuable decision. In an effort to maintain success in the new product market, a project management company can help a business determine how they should enter into a particular field.

The only thing constant in life – and in business – is change. Business coaching and change management services are beneficial resources to enlist by a company today. Starting out, a new organization will realize a benefit from coaching because it will help create and aid development of new competitive operating functions and methods. In addition to these types of companies that are available for businesses to use to ensure their competitiveness there are also companies that focus on project management. Changes in the business community often happen because a company has decided to expand its activity into a new field.

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Tips For Change Management

Change management is something that nearly every company should have considered at one point or another. It is normal to start thinking about making changes in any business regardless of whether things are going well or not. If things aren’t going so well then perhaps you may be looking at restructuring the whole company to help improve things. If things are going really well then you may simply wish to come up with a new advertising campaign to keep things fresh.

Listed below are some tips on how to ensure that change management runs smoothly and with as few problems as possible. The first and most important thing is to keep people informed all the time. Whether this is employees or other members of the management team it is vital that you are open and honest about all the facts. If you hide things from people or delay telling them they are going to be shocked when they happen and will probably feel betrayed and angry.

Keeping the lines of communication can prove to be very difficult for large companies because it can be near enough impossible to get everyone together at the same time. Don’t rely on putting the information in an email or newsletter because not everyone reads them so they could be very unaware of the new changes. The best way to inform staff about change management is to have a meeting. If you can’t get the whole company together at the same time an idea is to brief each head of department so they can hold a meeting with their team.

If you want the full support of all your staff, make them feel like they have been involved in the decision making process. For example, if things have to change, give them options about how this can be done. Don’t just demand them to do things that are part of change management because they may feel angry and resentful. If they feel like they have been part of the decision making process then they are more likely to support and work hard towards the campaign as well.

If there are some negative changes make sure you follow them up with some positive ones. If everything is negative then morale is going to be low and people won’t want to do their jobs properly. Change management can be very beneficial to all different kinds of companies so it’s hardly surprising that so many businesses use these techniques.

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Run The Business / Change The Business Dual Perspective Proves Key To Success

Change management is a lot like artificial heart transplant surgery: A crucial surgical objective during the implantation of an artificial heart is to keep the patient alive while the surgery is going on. Not exactly a minor detail!

Actually, keeping the patient alive turns out to be a pretty complicated process; it requires very special machinery that has been developed and tested over many years. In fact, there may be more patents on the stay-alive-during-surgery technology than on the artificial heart itself!

When we implement change, we use two kinds of technology as well; in this case the first technology is the body of knowledge or expertise associated with the change, which is analogous to the artificial heart. Let’s assume that the change in which we are interested in implementing is Process Management. In this example, we would need the Process Management body of knowledge which we are implementing (implanting) in the organization (patient).

The second technology is analogous to the surgical procedure. It is our Change Management system. And like our surgical procedure, it has the dual objectives of changing the business (implanting the heart) and running the business (keeping the patient alive during the procedure).

No change initiative (like Process Management) occurs in a vacuum. The initiative must necessarily go on while the organization is “staying alive,” doing its “day job” of producing products, serving customers, collecting monies, and so on… in order to make a profit for share/stakeholders.

While in most cases there will be a number of moving parts to a full-blown run-the-business / change-the-business system, simple examples do exist. Imagine a senior executive team that meets every Monday. They might use the morning session to focus only on run-the-business issues (e.g., progress toward financial targets, status on actions to fix customer upsets, manufacturing breakdowns, etc.) In the afternoon they might focus only on change-the-business issues like our Process Management implementation (e.g., who are the next managers to receive training, what is the progress on the pilot project in each department, how far along is the task force that is mapping core processes, how far along is HR in designing an incentive compensation system that supports Process Management, etc.).

The regular practice of the two executive meetings each Monday becomes a rudimentary “management system” that provides focus and balance to both running and changing the business. This simple but powerful idea can be extremely valuable to organizations trying to implement change because it moves their thinking from an unconscious “change the business OR run the business” to a conscious “change the business AND run the business.”

It takes heroic leadership to maintain this duality. Daily temptation lurks everywhere…

* “Let’s cancel the afternoon meeting; we don’t need it. We had a good change-the-business session two weeks ago.”

* “We really need the time this Monday afternoon to get to the details of the current customer problem in the southern region.”

Just as a heart patient makes a heroic decision to permit the implanting of an artificial heart, we need executive leadership at the very top making the heroic decisions the organization needs to stay the course of organizational change.

Senior executives must make the decision to lead a fully-committed change effort, providing the personal “in front of the troops” presence and direction, to provide the needed resources and organizational time… while continuing to run the business on a daily basis in order to meet or exceed the year’s business goals.

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