Ever noticed the period right before and after the sunset? Ever observed the environment at the onset of monsoon. The beings around you are ripe with change management lessons! It leaves us completely spellbound by the scale of change that happens in the world around us, all in a matter of minutes! We have read about managing organizational change in this article
Not a word spoken; no presentations made, no leadership lessons, no crisis management. Compliance was complete. A diverse environment of a million beings responded in a singular predictable fashion to a change brought about by nature. The entire area responds uniformly to the change and quickly adjusts to the new reality. This change is a way of life and happens with seemingly so little effort!
Nature had just taught me some profound lessons in change management—in its own inimitable way. Following lessons can act as a to-do list in change management :
1. Predict and Plan for the change
The biggest strength of nature is its predictability. Days and nights occur in a predictable manner and seasons arrive at designated periods. There are indeed unpredictable events such as a hurricane, an earthquake or a tsunami, but these are aberrations. One needs to anticipate the impact of business changes needs and make it as predictable as possible.
2. Prepare human resources for change
As darkness descends, birds start returning to their nests, lights are on in homes, vehicles turn on their head lamps, and the ground illuminates in the midst of an ongoing day-night cricket match. Adjustments that people need to make are known. In business too, everyone must know what to expect from change so that they can be better prepared. People respond favourably if the effects of change are planned and communicated well.
3. Anticipation the change in advance
The onset of darkness and the night brings in an expectation of cooler temperatures, a period of rest and relaxation and time with family—things that one looks forward to. If a business change can be packaged attractively and the ensuing benefits are well-understood and anticipated, enhanced adaptation and success would follow.
4. Change with an optimal speed
The change from day to night happens at an effortless and relaxed pace that everyone is comfortable with. Similarly, in business, the speed of change must be chosen very carefully after deliberations. Change which comes in too fast will create a sense of instability and fear, while a slow change may lack momentum and lose the impact.
5. Introduce change in a quiet and unobtrusive manner
Nightfall is quiet, unobtrusive. In the same way, successful change initiatives are invariably quieter. A change-management exercise need not necessarily be accompanied by a high-decibel performance. While communication is essential to align expectations and behaviors, change leaders need to exude calmness and composure. This would enhance the sense of comfort and well-being amongst everyone. Adapting to technologies like VComply helps the organization to work out changing compliance and understand them to adapt quickly to any change in GRC.
6. Consider the impact of change on all parts of the organization
Nature makes the change uniformly acceptable to all constituencies affected by it. Change in a business context impacts the entire ecosystem—customers, partners, employees, shareholders, to name just a few. People feel the impact differently, especially in cross-cultural and global environments. Change managers need to be sensitive to the impact on all stakeholders and devise means to make the change most acceptable to all.
“Change is the only constant in life,”
The business environment is in a constant state of flux. Businesses are acquired or sold. Business models, technology, systems, and processes are constantly being reinvented. These bring about disruptive and profound changes to the manner in which work is done. Nature too is constantly changing and brings with it a huge repository of lessons for us. If we observe nature carefully, there is a lot we can learn.Add to favorites