Change management isn’t something that we may be able to get involved in at the ground level but that doesn’t mean that we can’t have a positive. We look at an article to give you a strong 10-principle approach to change management. And then we have a look at another source for additional hints.
The first article is writen by the trio of John Jones, DeAnne Aguirre, and Matthew Calderone. The article is on a strategy + business website, http://www.strategy-business.com. Now, granted this article isn’t seen through the eyes of trainers, it’s seen through the eyes of managers. And managers are people, just like us. However, I whittled the list down from ten to about six different principles that trainers can have a positive impact on.
We also looked at an excerpt from the Business Balls website about change management. They have their own set change management principles, five specifically. I look at three that we can twist and use to our own devices.
Lastly we have a quick chat, a bit one sided, granted, about introducing change to tenured employees. In my experience, it’s especially difficult to introduce a new idea (process, team member, poly-cotton blend) to a person who has dealt with the same ideas for several years. I don’t know that I’ve re-invented the wheel but I give you some food for thought.
As trainers we play an important role in change management, even if it’s as an outside party. We should be doing everything we can to make it a smooth transition for them.
Use your change management powers for good! Not Evil!
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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