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How to make change work for you August 10, 2006

Posted by Tom in Research, Stronger Organizations.
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I’ve always wanted to integrate some elements of organization management into the dialogue at Convergence, and this piece from Tech Futures called “Embracing Change” is exactly what I was hoping for. The issues involved in bringing two different worlds – economic development and workforce development – together are bound to create stressful environments, which is a challenge for leaders to navigate. However, once (positive) change is accomplished, the journey appears to be worth the effort.

The two-page Financial Times PDF article in the link suggests six concepts to consider when bringing change to an organization:

  • Create a dialogue between risk and opportunity
  • Forge external networks and internal communities of practice
  • Test strategies and decisions against critical uncertainties
  • Develop “masters of uncertainty”
  • Intentionally evolve as an adaptive organisation
  • Add an “uncertainty mapping” dimension to strategic decision-making

The article’s author, Eamonn Kelly, fleshes out the concepts quite well for such a brief article. It’s a smart read – rather than rush head-first into the stress of a change environment, would you not rather have considered ways to minimize that stress?

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