What is Change Management?
Change management is the process by which an individual or organization deals with change. This process includes all the tools and techniques that are developed to make this transition easier and more effective for individuals, organizations and enterprises.
Effective change management draws upon behavioral thinking, psychology, systems thinking and even engineering. The underlying idea is that change does not happen in isolation. It has a strong impact on the people around it. So change management really is an all-encompassing term that is used from individuals to organizations to projects.
Change Management Definition
What is Change Management? (from Wikipedia):
Any approach to transitioning individuals, teams, and organizations using methods intended to re-direct the use of resources, business processes, budget allocations, or other modes of operation that significantly reshape a company or organization.
What is change management in an organization?
Any change within an organization that has a great impact on its people. Most humans really don’t enjoy change or welcome it with open arms.
To counter this resistance, change management is a process in a business or an organization that allows changes to be smoothly implemented without any roadblocks.
Change management isn’t as simple as it sounds; it is actually a composition of systematic approaches, the application of knowledge, tools, strategies and the resources to deal with change effectively whether it is internal or external to the organization.
External changes such as new competitors in the market or a rapid decline in the prices of raw materials are important to a business, but change management generally focuses on the internal, “people-side” of the business. It is how the employees, individuals and teams move from the present situation to the future, and this has to be done in a streamlined manner.
Rapidly adapting to change is key, and it is what allows organizations to succeed in this fast paced day and age.
Importance of Change Management
Change management is important for several reasons:
- It Keeps Your Organization Relevant and Competitive – The world is rapidly changing. If your organization can’t adapt and change with it, you will find yourself quickly falling behind.
- It Keeps Your People Happy – Being forced to deal with change is one of the biggest sources of stress and low morale. If you manage the change effectively, your people will be more satisfied at work (and therefore less likely to jump ship).
- It Improves Productivity – Change (or the fear and stress change brings) leads to a lack of focus, which leads to lower productivity. By quickly responding to and dealing with change, you help your people maintain their focus on the things that truly matter.
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How Improv, Ding Happens, and Avish can Help
Avish has a process that uses improv comedy tools, ideas, and principles to help people accept, manage, and take advantage of change. His interactive programs are fun, engaging, and highly relevant.
Avish can help you increase the adaptability in your workplace in several ways:
Speaking at Your Annual Meetings
Presenting ideas around improv and change to a large group of people in a short period of time (45-90 minutes). Avish’s presentations are fun, engaging, interactive, motivational, and designed to open-minds and get people started down the path of adaptability and innovation.
Training at your Workplace
Working hands-on with a smaller group of people for a longer time where the focus is on skills-transfer. Giving your team the skills and practice to implement these ideas in the real word.
Facilitation at Your Next Leadership Retreat
Taking your leadership team through a process that helps them create a plan of their own to increase creativity and innovation throughout the entire organization.
Contact us now to book Avish to help your team respond to, embrace, and take advantage of change in the workplace!
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