For change to avoid the dreaded “flavor of the month syndrome” it needs to have: strong sponsorship, relevance and effective execution.
- Incremental change: resulting from rational analysis and planning, has a desired goal with a specific set of steps for reaching it, short-term and immediate in nature (click to learn more about effective Change Initiative Planning)
- Transformational change: major in scope, requires new ways of thinking and behaving, involves significant risk taking, has a long-term viewThere is a variety of reasons that an organization might need to undergo a transformational change. Some reasons are as simple as the organization is moving to a new place in its business cycle. Others might be more complex as a long-term growth plateau. When transformational change is needed, it needs a deep commitment from the leader at the top of the organization, authentic leadership messages to engage the hearts and minds of employees, a set of artificial architectures to drive behavior change, and relentless focus until the deep change is realized. (click to see if your transformational change has what it takes to be successful over the long-term)