4 Common Barriers to Change Adoption
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Sparked by a chain reaction of challenges stemming from the pandemic, businesses are accelerating their transformation initiatives. Some are doing so in an effort to harness new market opportunities. Some are attempting to stabilize their companies after a very challenging period of uncertainty. For others, it’s to better align operations with strategic business goals and the evolving economic environment.
Like thousands of transformations that have taken place before, 70% of current initiatives will likely fail. It’s a stark reality, but a fate that companies can avoid by developing a strategy with these five considerations in mind.
There’s no time like the present for business transformation – or is there? Properly assessing business readiness is a huge predictor of a successful transformation. Pump the breaks if you:
“It really starts at the top. CEOs set the tone for how open other leaders and employees are to change.”-Jennifer D’Angelo, Leader of Business Transformation, Catena Solutions
Companies are too often nearsighted when it comes to identifying challenges. Business transformation isn’t about managing the gaps – it’s about preventing them. More than 40% of a successful transformation’s value comes from growth initiatives, according to McKinsey research.
How do companies balance real-time needs with strategic business objectives?
|× lose sight of the customer experience||√ tie transformation to growth initiatives|
|× analyze challenges in siloes||√ redesign processes to improve visibility|
|× ignore the ripple effect of any change, big or small||√ apply lessons learned across your operations|
In order for a business transformation initiative to be successful, organizations must have support from a strategic perspective as well as on the execution side.
|Visionary (CEO, COO, or CTO)||√|
|Center of Excellence (CoE) Leaders & Team||√||√|
|External Resources & Experts||√||√|
|ALL Frontline Employees||√|
All of this to say, real change rarely happens without the support of frontline employees. For any initiative to be successful, companies must have frictionless adoption by all employees.
Keeping the lines of communication open with all frontline employees, especially during the early stages of execution, will help to uncover potential issues or roadblocks early on and proactively adjust for effectiveness.
The problem with change management strategies is that they were designed for a time when change was the exception, not the norm. While they’ve evolved significantly over the past few decades to accommodate our now digital-first business world, they still aren’t meant for a world of continuous change.
Businesses need to move to a culture where change is no longer the exception, it’s the rule. How can companies build a culture that embraces change? Focus on:
With success still largely elusive when it comes to business transformation, many companies rely on external partners to help them develop and execute on their strategies. 95% of leaders rely on outside help to shape business transformation strategy, according to a recent Insight Intelligent Technology™ Report. Benefits of working with external transformation consultants:
“We have helped many businesses throughout their business transformation journeys. From developing a strategic workforce plan to addressing specific supply chain weaknesses, our consultants have played important roles in both strategy and execution of initiatives.”-Jennifer D’Angelo, Leader of Business Transformation, Catena Solutions
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