Change Leadership Is Really Possibility Leadership.
As Change Leadership is a hot topic at the moment I’d like to throw a bit of a curve ball into the mix. While everyone is talking up methodologies and processes like if you just followed a process you’d be successful all the time (we all know that’s not true). What I’d like you to do, is stop thinking about what the change is and stop communicating just what the change is, but instead, think and communicate your change in terms of possibility. Connect to the WHY to enable the WHAT!
In case you were wondering whether or not managing change in your business is important here’s a few stats for you:
Prosci Research shows us that 1 in every 4 projects are 100% reliant on adoption.
In other words, in 25% of projects, the change must be adopted by everyone in order to get the benefits promised.
A further half of the projects run are 85% reliant on the change being adopted in order to get the benefits promised. 85% basically boils down to everyone needs to adopt the change if the project is to be successful.
What this means for your business is that for 3 out of every 4 projects you run, adoption determines whether or not you will get the benefits promised at the start of the project.
And that “One” left over, that’s only projects that require less than 85% adoption to be successful, it doesn’t mean they don’t need adoption for success. It just means they need less than 85% of people to adopt the change.
In fact in another set of research only 6% of responders’ said it was difficult to link people change to the benefits on projects.
With these statistics it’s staggering to think about how many companies avoid doing change management.
I think there are 3 central reasons why change leadership is ignored today
1. People don’t think change management applies to their projects
2. People think change management is expensive
3. People think change management is onerous and has to be methodologically driven
BUT If the research shows us that 3 out of every 4 projects are essentially 100% reliant on adoption it’s time we woke up to the simple fact that change leadership is so important if you don’t do it you will never realise the benefits out of the project.
Then, on the other hand, change leadership has these 3 common barriers our whole approach to change, needs to change.
We talk a lot today about change management, it’s an old theory (Read Kotter Model, 20 years out of date) jazzed up into methodologies that few companies have the resources to follow let alone do well. As one CFO of a billion dollar company put it: “There’s only so much I’m willing to invest in change management before people just have to get on with it”
Furthering this topic, change leadership has become a new buzzword, like applying the word leadership to change is somehow going to change our approach to change. That constant never ending flux that people struggle to get to grips with.
In my opinion, we need to stop worrying about the methodology and become better conscious leaders. We need to alter our perception of what change leadership is. Because Change leadership is really Possibility Leadership.
What I want to tell you today is that real change leadership is Possibility Leadership. Possibility is the real reason why we do change in our lives and our businesses. It’s the possibility of greater profits, less effort to achieve the same goal, more work life balance. Most importantly, Possibility connects your audience to the WHY.
Whatever the reasons are, it is the possibility that really drives us. Keeping possibility at the head of what we do is what will really help people accept change.
Possibility is why you are reading this. Possibility is why you will try new things and Possibility Leadership is what will help you change yourself and your business.