What is Change Management?

A change can be anything that is significantly different from the norm. Change can be an attitude, a behavior or a system of operation that is altered, transformed, or adjusted for something better. Change is constant and inevitable. It is significant for the progress and development of a people, its organizations and corporations. It is a part of reality that effective management of change can yield whatever results one wants to create.

What is Change Management?

Change management is a systematic approach of applying strategies to ensure that changes are implemented effectively and efficiently to create a transformed or modified organization, business or corporation.

What does Change Management Entail?

One of the major goals of change management is to help people to understand change and embrace the opportunities and positive things that can come from change. As a result of this acceptance of change, the human resource of an organization can execute the changes necessary for a transformed organization.

As mentioned, change involves a systematic approach. One example of a systematic approach in change management is the ADKAR model or process. The ADKAR model entails five (5) stages in which a team of persons have to go through in order to successfully change themselves and their respective or connected institution/s.

  1. One of the first things anyone can do to make a difference is to be AWARE of why a difference is necessary. An individual needs to understand and realize the significance and or purpose for a change.
  2. Secondly, it is not enough to just recognize the significance for a change. It is even more significant and meaningful when one has the motivation, the energy, and the overall DESIRE, to manifest the necessary changes.
  3. Thirdly, the desire for the change must be fueled by KNOWLEDGE. The knowledge educates one about how to change, and thus, one would be able to execute effective strategies to manifest the necessary changes.
  4. The fourth stage of the change process demands people to use their ABILITY to execute the changes. For change to take place, it is important for people to incorporate new skills and behaviors to create and maintain changes.
  5. Finally, to maintain change, reinforcement is necessary. Reinforcement, particularly, positive reinforcement should be given, whether encouragement, incentives or marked successes must be the reality in order for change to continue and be meaningful.

Tips for Successful Change Management

  1. It should be clear to individuals that the demands for changes will be beneficial to them and the organization. The changes to be made must be sensible, reasonable and create satisfaction and happiness. As a result, change can be a reality.
  2. Individuals should be educated about the changes that are desired, what needs to be changed, and how to attain these changes. With this knowledge, change is not an abstract idea but something concrete.
  3. Individuals should be rewarded for their efforts in effecting change. This serves as a positive reinforcement that can help manifest change now and in the future.

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