Change is inevitable in business. Forward thinking organizations take a proactive approach to leading change, instead of sitting back and allowing change to occur without direction. Even if the change is positive, and began organically—it needs to be guided to ensure it creates effective and efficient systems and procedures. However, even positive change can be met with high resistance. Whether the change is required to grow or downsize, merge or acquire, rebrand or expand—a change management methodology is the most efficient way to navigate change.
The Acceleration Implementation Methodology (AIM)
This 10 step process is versatile, customizable, and detailed enough to successfully and intentionally navigate major transformations. The AIM model is designed to help you Plan, Implement, and Monitor change as it continues to evolve. AIM can be applied to any kind of initiative or project. While most organizations spend the bulk of their resources and energy on the technical and business process components, the greatest risk for failure or sub-optimization is actually on the human side of the equation. The AIM change management methodology brings the same kind of discipline typically reserved for technical and business objectives to these human elements. It is practical and business-driven, scalable for projects of any size or complexity. The 10 steps include:
Define the change
Build agent capacity
Assess the climate
Determine change approach
Develop target readiness
Build communication plan
Develop reinforcement strategy
Create cultural fit
ADKAR Change Methodology
The ADKAR change methodology is a simple 5 step method that can be used to devise organizational change. This methodology is sometimes best applied to individuals, teams, or projects. For example, this methodology is ideal for getting executives and managers on board with the impending change. The 5 steps are:
Awareness of the reason for the change.
Desire to engage and participate in the change.
Knowledge about how to change.
Ability to realize and/or implement change.
Reinforcement to ensure change is consistent.
The Kotter Change Methodology
The Kotter change management technique takes a systematic approach to major organizational transitions. It is less detailed than the AIM method, but depending on your needs. The 8 steps include:
Creating a sense of urgency.
Building and guiding coalition.
Forming strategic visions and initiatives.
Enable action by removing roadblocks.
Generate short-term wins.
Sustain and accelerate.
Institute and implement change.
Why You Need A Change Management Methodology
Change is required to remain competitive in the constantly evolving world of business. Even positive, change will always be met with confusion, anxiety, and even resistance. While there is no way around change, there is a way to make change easier, faster, and less intrusive. A change management methodology allows you control over the required changes.
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Sometimes, you can quickly determine that change is needed, but aren’t sure where to begin. At times, bad habits or dated habits require a need for change. Occasionally, the change happens organically, but you want to take the reins and guide it in the desired direction. Sometimes, you know change is necessary, but can’t quite put your finger on what needs to be addressed. Regardless of where you are on the path to change, Change Actions consultants can help!
The reasons for the change are many. Whether you need to overhaul your systems and operations, upgrade tools and technology, transform your HR department, navigate a merger or complete any organizational change, a clearly defined change action plan is required. By taking a structured and systematic approach to change, you will reduce stress, improve communication, ease anxiety and resistance, encourage support—and save both time and money.
The Change Actions team is here to help you take a structured and systematic approach to managing change. We will alert you to the areas of opportunity you may not have yet considered, and help you navigate the unexpected bottlenecks and roadblocks.