Change is about momentum. We start with disturbance, either from within or imposed from outside (environmental, market or third party). From momentum for change we move to strategy: our best shot at direction.
Our intent is then amplified: we raise awareness within groups, teams and the wider organisation, which provides the foundation of our change story. From awareness, we have to move to changes in skills and behaviours. Without this, our story is always abstract, lacking momentum, stranded on the status quo.
With that learning behind us, we are able to reach a critical mass, a momentum. But this is where the everyday reality starts to change. It’s here that people feel the organisation moving around their ears. They may be empowered by this, or disengage. Or be disengaged by the organisation moving away from them. This is where fairness counts.
Finally, when momentum and empowerment lead to movement, we have transformative change.
There are plenty of ways to stall along the way: lack of shared purpose and values for a start, but if we get it right, our story will be one of disturbance to transformation.
This is a #WorkingOutLoud post as i’m developing a project around change this week.