A Watertight Strategy at Executive Level Once an organization makes the decision to change, there is very little room for uncertainty and ambiguity. Therefore, it is important that the most suitable change management process is put in place within the organization. It is also essential that the leaders and executives within the organization are fully aware of the change management model and all its finer details. The leadership team should be able to satisfactorily explain and justify any questions thrown at them from employees. Deep knowledge of the model will help them steer the company through the transformation. The key components of any change management strategy are sufficiency of alignment, implementation, and sustainability.

Bringing All Stakeholders on the Same Page It is important that an organization is considerate of the interests of all stakeholders. The value chain includes individuals and teams that are critical to how seamlessly an organization transforms and performs. Hence, if the change management strategy fails to take the opinions of everyone in the value chain into account, the transformation process may repeatedly hit stumbling blocks.

Marshalling the Managers to Bridge the Gap For change management to be successful, it is very important for an organization to educate, empower, and have faith in its managers. After all, the policies can only derive fruitful results when the implementation is smooth.

Maneuvering Resistance and Celebrating Triumphs There will always be naysayers resisting the change. Opposition to the change could arise from lack of agreement or understanding. Deliberation and a clear standpoint is paramount to keeping transformation steady and avoid abruptness in change of the existing operational model. It is, hence, also important that early signs of transformational sustainability is celebrated and the personnel who facilitated the initial success rewarded.

Measuring Progress As is the case with any point-to-point journey, the progress and success of transformation can only be measured on the basis of reliable metrics. So, organizations need a platform/mechanism where they can clearly and unbiasedly compare how they fared before the change versus how they performed during the transformation. The results would then define the sustainability of the change management process.