How to Overcome the Resistance to Change (Leave the Comfort Zone)

You may have heard the old joke that the only things that never change are taxes and death, but that is not true. If it were true, you would never hear someone say, “that’s just the way we’ve always done it,” and, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

But you know that change is a vital business strategy for every organization, especially during these challenging times. Overcoming your team’s resistance to change isn’t impossible, but it does require effort and knowledge to lead your organization through the transition.

5 Tips to Manage Leadership and Organizational Change in 2020

As a former CEO, Dennis C. Miller knows firsthand how bringing about organizational change can be challenging. To manage leadership and organizational change for your organization, implement the following key steps:

  1. Identify What Needs to Change: This first step, while may seem obvious, is imperative to creating effective organizational change. Conducting a deep dive into the issues your organization is currently experiencing is a vital step in solving your problems and bringing positive change. Learning how your organization functions compared to national best practices is a great place to start.
  2. Develop a Plan: This step is all about action. Developing a well-crafted, multi-stepped plan is a great way to stay organized and on top of your future goals. This plan should detail goals, performance indicators, plan for stakeholder involvement, and employee response. This plan aims to prepare for any unexpected issues that could arise during your implementation process.
  3. Communicate Effectively: Acknowledge the apprehension that people will feel resisting change. Following your plan’s creation, you must determine the best way of delivering this change to your organization’s members. Often, failure is the result of poor communication. Therefore, providing clear, concise, and accurate communication is imperative for getting your organization on the same page.
  4. Seek Employee Feedback: Your employees are the foundation of your organization. Make sure you listen to their concerns and explain how they will benefit from the change. You must provide an opportunity to hear their feedback. By doing this, you show your employees that you value their opinions, and as a result, this fosters a positive organizational environment.
  5. Continue to Review and Revise Your Business Plan: Once you complete your organizational change initiative, it’s important to continue conducting analysis and listening for employee feedback when reviewing the changes and progress you have made. It’s okay to modify and change direction when needed.

For assistance with organizational change management for your organization, get in touch with Dennis C. Miller Associates Inc. Their team of leadership professionals can help your organization develop and facilitate your new leadership plan. Contact Dennis C. Miller today!