Moving to the cloud? Introducing Office365 or GSuite? Turning to Slack and Asana? Automating work? Starting with machine learning?
Today’s workplace is going through a major revolution, now also sped up in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organisations that previously hadn’t offered remote working to their employees for example, found themselves thrown into it at great speed.
In fact, we see many companies that have been surprised at how well the imposed change has worked. And this is of course great to see.
However, real change and adoption, real transformation is not just about a great change plan; with software implementation, training and communication. All those things are important, but they are not enough and yet there is too much reliance on them being the catalysts for change and adoption. This is partly a budget question – not enough investment is put into the changing of people’s outlook and ways of collaborating, at a human level.
Nothing really changes if noting changes.
This may seem obvious, but at the same time, it’s often overlooked. Real transformation happens when people start to change HOW they do things, how they think, collaborate and contribute. And that can be expertly supported through great tools and techniques, but it’s not enough in itself.
Are you leading a transformation initiative or leading a team that is impacted by such an initiative? Then take a moment to reflect on what you need to do and how you need to think and be in order to make that transformation a reality.
- Do you need to engage more with people?
- Listen more?
- Empathise more?
- Create more opportunities for people to discuss, give input and feedback?
- Actively look for opportunities in change?
- Do you need to delegate more?
- Collaborate more? Beyond your team even?
- Build a sense of team spirit?
Whatever it is you are hoping others to do, start with yourself – be the change you want to see, show the way.
Because nothing change if nothing changes.
And everything changes when things change.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.George Bernard Shaw