Those of you who have submitted your proposals should have received some feedback to your change initiative proposal. We are inspired by your change initiatives and visions, but would also like to share some additional perspectives about change and change leadership.
What is change?
We often think of change in different ways and this is reflected in your proposals. A well-received definition of the fundamental nature of change is a movement from the current state through a transition state to a future state. However, we must remember that it’s people who are going through the transition. The role of change leaders is to lead people through the transition state.
What does the transition look like?
Transition is letting go of the old ways and the old identity people had. Inevitably, any change will succeed or fail on the basis of whether the people affected actually do things differently.
Do the stakeholders let go of the old way of doing things, go through that difficult time between the old way and the new, and come out doing things the new way?
If change leaders don’t help the people through transition, even the most wonderfully designed training programs often fall flat.
What is the difference between change management and change leadership?
Many organizations realize the value of managing change, but fewer have competent change leadership. So what’s the difference?
From a project management context, change management is the application of structured processes and tools. It focuses on practitioner toolkits and methodology. Change leadership is different. It is the ability to lead and enable the process of change and transition while helping individuals deal with the effects of change. At higher levels, change leadership involves understanding cultural dynamics in play and developing practical strategies to achieve the best advantage for the organization, as well as those working on the change team.
You will see that we put a lot of emphasis on change leadership in Session Two and less on management processes and methodologies.
If you have any questions regarding your feedback prior to Session Two, please don’t hesitate to send us a message via the contact form at the bottom of the webpage. We will reach you as soon as possible.