Change management aims at a far-reaching transformation in companies for more efficiency and future security in the company. Change management is used in particular to adapt companies to changing environmental conditions and make them fit for the demands of the markets in the digital age.
Change management encompasses all the components needed to successfully shape change processes - from a company's strategy and structure to its processes and management systems, but also its corporate culture, ways of thinking and behaving, as well as communication, relationships and leadership within the company.
Every change process raises questions among employees and managers about the necessity and goals of the change. By jointly formulating a vision, management becomes the initiator of the change and gives the starting signal for the process. This also has a positive influence on emotional aspects in particular. The emotional aspects generated not only promote the sense of community in an organization, but also the significance of each individual.
Change is no longer the exception, but becomes a daily challenge and opportunity. Become an agile and adaptive organization for which change is not the exception but a matter of course. Along this path, there are numerous new organizational forms that may be suitable for your company: From the agile network organization to holacratic approaches to ambidextrous operating systems in which classic, hierarchical organizational forms harmonize with network organizations.
Your change process can have many reasons. With our 7 dimensions comprehensive change concept we support you in the implementation of your project. Become an agile and adaptive organization for which change is not the exception but a matter of course. On this path, there are numerous new organizational forms that may be suitable for your company: From agile network organizations to holocratic approaches to ambidextrous operating systems in which classic, hierarchical organizational forms harmonize with network organizations. We call this: Multidextricity - A many-handed organizational forms in the same company.
Classic change management has change as its goal, but it is embedded in an environmental context in which stability and predictability are overriding parameters. If changes are identified as necessary, an attempt is made to get them over and done with as quickly as possible.
In an agile transformation, on the other hand, permanent stability is explicitly not intended. It is replaced by a state of permanent review, experimentation and trial and error, the "permanent beta". The stable initial state is thus not followed by a short phase of restlessness and then a stable target state. Instead, a permanent process of adaptation becomes the new normal.
It is not just about change with a defined start and end, with a project plan and corresponding measures, but about the awareness of the necessity and normality of a constant further development of the organization. Thus, the understanding of change as a project project is changing to transformation as a permanent process in which the cultural framework of the organization is made more agile and flexible.
Efficiency is also important in a complex and dynamic market environment, because agile organizations can only be economically successful if they design their value creation as efficiently as possible. At the same time, they should pay attention to individual performance and the development of potential, because simply giving employees free space overtaxes them.
Therefore, agile organizations should implement service-oriented leadership models that are essential in the personal development of all employees. However, many new organizational designs offer no indication of how leadership should be designed. The REFLECT model with its "Adaptive Structures" meets these aspects and combines "the best of both worlds" - i.e. efficiency and agility. At the same time, it offers a framework for individual potential development through balanced leadership.
Details on adaptive systems and balanced leadership can be found in our reference book "Führen in der Gesunden Organisation". We also recommend the GO Check to locate your own organizational design.
Many mistakes can happen during a change project that put the success of your change process in jeopardy. We support you in avoiding the following mistakes during change.
Unclear goals and motives, no answer to the "why
Lack of self-reference to goals, no connection to meaning
Ignoring resistance, exclusion of employees and their knowledge
Understanding change as 'mechanical' and not as 'human
No will to change in top management
Power struggles and competitive thinking
Insufficient resources, knowledge, methods and qualification
Superficial changes without cultural change
Lack of "quick wins
To successfully complete a change project, you can use the following success factors as a guide. They guarantee an effective change process with sustainable impact.We support you in making change effective.
Think systemically, understand causes, symptoms and effects
Give a clear answer to the "why
create an inspiring and participative goal picture
Use resistance and involve critics
Build a competent change team including resources
turn those affected into participants and use collective knowledge
Holistic structural and cultural change
Establish clear roles, responsibilities and structures
Network information and exemplify transparency
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Schon seit längerem hat die Bedeutung von Employee Wellbeing in Unternehmen stark zugenommen. Die Pandemie hat viele Menschen psychisch und physisch belastet.
Unter den häufig genannten Ursachen für Misserfolg von Change Prozessen sticht das kollektive Unverständnis der Verantwortlichen für die Funktionsbedingungen der Führenden zu den Geführten hervor.