> Leading Change
Topiary art has changed throughout the years from shaping trees into simple cones and balls, to creating animals and intricate ornamental designed gardens. Topiary gardeners have to carefully plan and prepare the trees for seasonal changes as well as stay current in the latest techniques used to cultivate such beautiful designs.
Similarly, an organization and its leaders need to adapt and change with the environment and ever changing demands placed on their business. The single most important part of managing change is ensuring that all employees impacted understand the thinking that is driving the change. It is important to recognize that a communication strategy for informing impacted stakeholders on upcoming changes is imperative throughout the whole change initiative. Communication needs to be both formal and informal, allowing employees the opportunity to ask questions and seek clarification.
Topiary Consulting will work with you to help identify the type of change needed for your organization which will enable the cultivation of strong roots required to execute and sustain the upcoming change.
What type of change are you facing?
- A planned change or one that is emerging based on feedback or environmental changes. This change focuses on enhancing or correcting existing aspects of an organization, often focusing on the improvement of a skill or process.
- Seeks to achieve a known preferred state that is different from the present state.
- Is an extreme fundamental change to the organization and its culture. It requires a shift in mindset and could result in an organization that differs significantly in terms of strategy, structure, processes and culture.
Once the type of change is known we will work together to take a systematic approach to understanding the human factors and unique stresses that each part of the system will endure during the change process. Change is interminable; therefore, it is imperative throughout each initiative to define the needs of everyone impacted by the change, seek feedback from impacted stakeholders, and define a communication strategy while creating a shared vision.
~Change is a continuous process. You cannot assess it with the static yardstick of a limited time frame. When a seed is sown into the ground, you cannot immediately see the plant. You have to be patient. With time, it grows into a large tree. And then the flowers bloom, and only then can the fruits be plucked.~
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