Why the Need?
Change is not an optional extra for most organisations. It is a matter of survival.
We can debate about the oft-quoted 70% failure rate in organisational change, or discuss the importance of Kotter’s 8 steps. We all acknowledge the importance of good change and project management, even if they’re not always practised. Effective training and on-going organisational development are equally important things.
But when all is said and done, you’re left with a very simple question: which organisation is most likely to succeed at change? The one that’s change ready, or the the one that isn’t?
According to a 2015 Optus report, over 70% of Australian businesses across all sectors and scales aren’t ready for change. A similar finding was reported by Microsoft in their 2015 ‘Culturing Success’ report, where they found that only 33% of Australian businesses were adept at responding to change. Similar figures would probably be true in many western countries. If you don’t think this is a problem, you need to think again.
Approaching change and not being ready for it is just stacking the odds against success. It’s a great way to increase disruption, risk, and waste money. It’s a great way to wreck a business. Wouldn’t it be a better idea to find out what change readiness is, and then get ready? Wouldn’t that be the obvious thing to do?