by Dr. Dawn-Marie Turner
A change management methodology is helpful a tool in your organizational change toolbox. But like any tool, you will get better results when you know what it can and can’t do, and how to use it effectively. In part one of this two part article we explore the nature and purpose of a change management methodology, its value as an organizational change tool, and what you should look for when choosing one.
Five key benefits of a change management methodology
- Helps ensure that you do not overlook key activities.
- Provides you with pre-tested tools and techniques to help with planning and implementation.
- Allows you to use resources more effectively.
- Offers a consistent language that leaders can use to guide the specific communication, behaviours and activities that can enable change in the organization.
- Can be used as the basis for educating leaders throughout the organization.
Three things to consider when choosing a change management methodology:
- Its principles and philosophy are based in behavioural, organizational and change science.
- It can be adapted easily for large or small projects and a wide variety of leadership styles
- It is integrated and iterative. Your change management methodology should be able to integrate fully with other methodologies your organization is already using. Change does not occur in a neat series of steps so it should also recognize the iterative nature of organizational change.