Change Management Articles

Three Major Forces
Change Management Training Step 1: Understand What’s Driving Change

We could identify a wide range of factors that are reshaping our world and the way we live. But let’s focus on three major forces.

1. People

Here's the most obvious reason why we’ll see an even faster rate of change in the years to come: Mother Earth is producing a lot more people. And people cause change. Like, they make stuff. They come up with new ideas. They compete for...

The World's Market Is Fast Becoming a Free For All
Change Management Training Step 1: Understand What’s Driving Change

The technology of the Industrial Age gave us mechanical muscle and motorized speed. For example, cotton gins, conveyor belts, tractors, trains, drill presses, trucks, sewing machines, jet engines, and such.

By comparison, the technology of today’s Information Age gives us computerized brains and electronic speed. Work is becoming still less physical and more mental . . . we do less with our hands and more with our heads. The trend is toward “smart...

The Age of Instability
Change Management Training Step 1: Understand What’s Driving Change

The winds of change keep blowing harder. Hitting more people. Reshaping all kinds of organizations and altering how they operate.

Business, government, educational institutions, notfor-profit organizations, the military—you name it. Change, as far-reaching as it is rapid, is cutting across all sectors of the economy. All classes of society. All continents. All cultures.

Just think back over the past year. How many organizations expanded rapidly . . . revamped their their...

Progress Keeps Picking Up Speed
Change Management Training Step 1: Understand What’s Driving Change

Progress keeps picking up speed. The complexity of our world keeps increasing. The rate of change keeps accelerating.

In fact, change is sort of like a giant pinball machine where we keep adding several more steel balls every few minutes. They ricochet faster and faster. The game constantly grows more complex, the challenges multiplying moment by moment. Before long, we’re simply forced to alter our style of play. Otherwise, the game will overwhelm us.

It’s important for us to...

The Luddites: Fighting Against The Future
Change Management Training Step 1: Understand What’s Driving Change

Early in the 1800s textile mills first began to appear in England. The wool-finishing machines inside these early factories were seen as high-tech wonders at the time. Each piece of equipment could easily produce as much output as four or five people working as “croppers.” The job could be done quicker, cheaper, and, in some ways, better by the new tools.

The mills soon began to replace the traditional cottage culture made up of weavers, combers, and dressers of wool. This was...

Change Management Training Step 1: Understand What’s Driving Change

Let’s begin by emphasizing the obvious: We’re not the only people on Planet Earth. As of 2011, there are some 6,913,388,603 persons who live here. Nobody can tell us exactly how many of those human beings are of working age. But you’re looking at some heavy-duty competition. A lot of these people want your job! Many of them are smart, well-educated, and willing to work for a fraction of what you get paid.

As for the countries they come from, well, their companies are dying to sell you...

Our Love Affair With Quick
Change Management Training Step 1: Understand What’s Driving Change

Businesses know about our love affair with quick. They realize we’ll like their products and services better if they somehow build in speed. So because of us, they keep trying to squeeze more time out of everything they do.

It should be perfectly clear to all of us that speed is a key source of competitive advantage. The dollar value of time keeps climbing. That means organizations need to save as much of it as they can.

Delay gets deadly in a world of high-velocity change. The...

Change Management Training Step 1: Understand What’s Driving Change

It is you and I–along with everyone else–who keep pushing the world to change.

As consumers, we get more demanding all the time. We want better quality stuff. We want it faster. And cheaper. Plus, we want more choices to pick from. Whoever comes along that can satisfy all these wants the best gets our business.

That is, until somebody else shows up offering us a still better deal.

Whomever we’re doing business with must be improving constantly, or pretty soon they simply...

Fast History
Change Management Training Step 1: Understand What’s Driving Change

Change keeps picking up speed. Before the organization can finish getting adjusted to one change, it gets hit with several others. We’re living in a constant period of transition, and the shelf life of our solutions keeps getting shorter. “What works” becomes history in a hurry.

Where is all this change coming from? Well, to begin with, people create change. So let’s look at what’s happening to the head count on Mother Earth.

Human beings have been around for some 6 to 7...