Show me an organization that struggles with change and I will show you where they struggle with managing. Change management has all the same elements of day-to-day management, but in a tidy little package. The time frames are different, the pressures may be different, change language is even different, but the underlying management principles are all the same.
“Show me an organization that struggles with change and
I will show you where they struggle with managing.”
In change, we speak of visions, aligning, and implementation. In management, we speak of motivation, engagement and accountability. These are all leadership terms that speak to the ability of the organization to set goals, mobilize their workforce, and achieve their objectives. An organization that struggles with these principles within the confines of a change effort, will struggle with the same issues during daily operations. The only difference is that daily operations are protracted efforts that are steeped in process and tradition which sometimes makes the management challenges more difficult to spot. For example, messaging associated with a change is relatively easy to isolate and assess, as opposed to general messaging over a longer time frame.
The ability of an organization to execute change speaks volumes about their management capabilities. So much so, that reviewing a recent change management effort makes for an effective means of auditing an organization’s management competence.