What Makes Managing Change Successful?

The top most reason why often change managers fail is because they often fail to manage the consequences of the change.

Change is something that happen everyday, but we, the human beings, are most resistant to accept it. There are two major tyeps of changes that occur on a regular basis:

1. Uncontrollable changes:

These are the ones that happen by the course of time. No one on earth has any power to stop these changes. These are the universal truths. For example: Ageing of the body. No matter what you do, everything and everyone will grow old. You cannot stop ageing. Similarly, someone’s death, depreciation of physical existence etc are also uncontrollable. You will die for sure, your car will depreciate, same thing will happen to all the things you possess, even your body itself.

2. Controllable changes:

These are the ones that are mostly caused by decisions and their effects. You can control them. For example: Getting married. This definitely will change your life and lifestyle. You can control this change and its effects. Similarly, your decision of where you study or work are examples of controllable changes.


As both of these types of changes occur in our lives, we must be careful enough in handling these changes. You may not control some of the changes that happen in your life, but you can definitely manages the effects of all changes happened.

How to manage changes:

1. Managing uncontrollable changes:

In many cases, these are known facts. For example, even if your Company CEO does not retire, he will die one day. Hence, plan ahead for his replacement. Get everything documented in a standardised manner so that whoever takes over his place can lead your business from the next moment.

Making a fool-proof plan for the known but uncontrollable change has no alternative. The process is simple:

Identify Potential Change > Forecast the time of occurrence > Make a Plan to address the change > Deploy the plan > Monitor Results > Feedback and Control the process.


2. Managing controllable changes:

These changes are easier to manage, but the process is a continuous one.

Identify Potential Change > Evaluate the need to change > Forecast expected result > Identify affected groups > Identify remedies > Make a plan to deploy > Deploy in a smaller scale, or, run a research > Evaluate the results of the pilot deployment > Revise and finalise plan > Implement > Monitor the results > feedback and control the process.


Following these processes will increase the chances of your success in managing changes.

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