Focus on Short Term Objectives

MainStream knows that there are certain principles that when followed create for more effective management of change. Change management entails thoughtful planning and sensitive implementation, and above all, consultation with, and involvement of, the people affected by the changes. Normally when you forcibly dictate change on people problems arise. Change must be realistic, understandable, achievable and measurable. Prior to initiating organizational change, ask yourself these questions:

  • What do we want to achieve with this change,
  • How will we know that the change has been achieved?
  • Who is affected by this change, and how will they react to it?
  • How much of this change can we achieve ourselves, and what parts of the change do we need help with?

MainStream believes that during the early stages of change, organizations need to focus on short term objectives that work in concert with the long term or overall change strategy. Don't create false short term wins as people will see through that as a veiled attempt to secure buy-in. However setting targets where real wins can be achieved in bite-size chunks is a good way to build a foundation for the long term. And, don't forget to celebrate the wins along the way. Remember to have your celebration match the win. Little win little celebration. Big win bigger celebration!

Call MainStream today and we'll be glad to share our thoughts with you on your change management plans.