Preparing for Change
Make sure the reasons for change are in line with your overall business objectives.
Obtain reliable performance measures in the area undergoing change.
Think through all the implications. The end objective can seem so desirable that important details are overlooked. Change usually involves extra work, resources and extra expense.
Make sure that other systems and policies are compatible with planned change.
Change usually involves going into unknown territory, but others will have been there first. Take advice.
Learn from the experience of anyone who has made similar changes.
If a change is risky, test it before full-scale implementation.
Set up a timetable for change, to focus people's minds.
Jane Galbraith is a Non Executive Director, Board & Committee Member and a Business Mentor with Scottish Chambers of Commerce. She writes, speaks and consults companies & start-ups about developing staff and growth in business.