Commentary

April 19, 2013

Change management never easy

2nd Lt. JOHN HOUSEMAN
56th Medical Support Squadron

Implementing change in an organization is never easy. More often than not, change fails on more than one level of an organization for many reasons. Maybe it’s lack of buy-in from those affected or a poor strategy from the start.

Whatever the reason, change management is quite simple in theory, but in reality, it is quite a difficult task. To create change in an organization, the culture must also change.

How you look at change will affect the success of change. Sometimes you are the one creating change; you are looking down at your organization.
Maybe you are the one affected by change; you are looking up trying to understand the reasoning behind the drive for change. Perhaps you are somewhere in the middle; change is being pushed down from the top and it is your job to ensure that your organization complies with the new guidance.

Mike Myatt, Forbes Magazine, breaks down change management in his article, “How to Lead Change: 3 Simple Steps.” They are: identifying the need for change, leading change and managing change.

As a leader, it is important to recognize the need for change in the organization, Myatt said. As DOD members, we are challenged in every task to complete our given mission with only the necessary resources and manpower needed. This challenge drives a need for change; the need to seek out more effective and efficient ways to carry out our duties.

However, this task, as simple as it seems, is far from simple. If you go back to step one of Myatt’s plan, we must identify the change. That is the easy part. The second step, leading change, becomes more challenging. Leaders must identify all those affected by the change and reach out to the advocates that will create momentum. Managing change is the last and very critical part of the process. The vision must be clear and those affected must have stock in what that vision is. The change agents have to be responsible and held accountable for ensuring their part of the change is carried out.

Creating effective change does not end with making a decision and pushing it down the pipe. To be effective, the muscle memory of the organization must shift. You may have the perfect strategy and a great plan, but that means nothing if the organization defaults to muscle memory. Culture will always overtake strategy.

The final piece of managing change is making it stick; erase the old methods and ensure the change becomes the norm.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Luke welcomes Nurse Advice Line

Remember that moment? The moment you thought you had something medically wrong with you but didn’t know exactly what it was? After a few Web searches, you find yourself on WebMD and are questioning whether you have the least worrying of possible diagnoses or the worst — cancer or even death. To help patients save...
 
 
141020-SMSgt-Shelly-Bailey-8x10-DW

Path to inspirational leadership evolving skillset

Senior Master Sgt. Shelly Bailey At some point in our Air Force career we will assume a leadership role. Leadership is an ever-evolving skillset that you will continue to develop throughout the course of your career. The highes...
 
 

Bridges: build, don’t burn

Have you heard the phrase “don’t burn your bridges?” This idiom is used to describe the importance of not ending a relationship on a bad note. In this case, the relationship is your military career. For example, when you build professional relationships you are networking or laying the foundation for the building of a bridge....
 

 
141008-F-HT977-005

Unaccompanied housing to be upgraded

Funds have arrived from Air Education and Training Command for unaccompanied housing to use to take care of Airmen in the dorms, from reconstruction of dorms to fixing a door knob. “With these funds we are able to maintain do...
 
 

News Briefs October 24, 2014

Notice to claimants In accordance with Air Force Instruction 34-511, paragraph 3.1.5, notice is hereby given that Airman 1st Class Wheeler Nichols is deceased. The undersigned has been appointed summary court officer for the purpose of estate settlement in accordance with AFI 34-511. All persons having claims for or against the estate should call Lt....
 
 
Senior Airman Grace Lee

New honorary commanders inducted

Senior Airman Grace Lee Honorary commanders chat with Luke Air Force Base leaders Oct. 17 during social hour in Hangar 431 at Luke Air Force Base prior to their official induction ceremony. The honorary commander program partne...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin