It’s been said that change begins at the end of your comfort zone. But change can also mean entering a growth zone.
Over the last couple of years, we’ve seen some great examples of businesses being agile and evolving to adapt to the constantly changing environment.
We often hear about the failure to implement change and how change initiatives are poorly planned and executed but it doesn’t have to be that way. There’s resources and websites dedicated to change management but here’s a few things to consider.
Communicate the vision:
The team, customers and stakeholders will follow if the vision is clear, and everyone can appreciate what is needed to get to where you want to be.
Follow due process:
A robust restructuring process will ensure that you have clearly articulated the new business case to the team and invited and received the appropriate feedback. Create avenues for feedback and be open about what is communicated.
Communicate the why, when, and how:
Transparency on the viability of the business will create a much needed 'burning platform' for change. Constantly communicating with your team about what is happening, why it is happening and when it is happening, will help keep everyone motivated and on the same page.
Nothing happens without good leadership. The leaders in your team will have the greatest influence and they can help drive the business forward, so empower them to bring the team along on the journey.
In the long run, there is no growth without change, as hard as it can be.
As a registered provider with the Regional Business Partners Network, our firm can provide advice in the areas of Business Continuity Planning, Managing Workplace Change, and other advice for businesses impacted by Covid-19. The cost of this advice is funded up to 100 percent by the Government (for amounts up to $5,000 p.a.) for qualified businesses. To see if you qualify for this funding, see up-to-date information from the Ignite Wanaka Chamber of Commerce here