My wife and I spent last weekend at our little farm in Michigan.

We were enjoying the first snow of the season when all of a sudden the lights went out. My son, who lives nearby, suffered from the same outage. He reported with amusement that our grandson Austin wandered through their house flipping light switches. Each time, my son gently reminded him that flipping the light switches was pointless. Austin was handling change like so many of us. It’s difficult to start a new routine, and when we do, it’s good to have someone help us.

Just like Austin, your employees need help galvanizing your transformation. They need new skills, gentle reminders, and accountability. Here are a few tips to help galvanize your transformation.
1.    Prepare employees. Validate that you have the right education and training for employees to acquire the new skills required.
2.    Change the measures. Identify 2-3 critical metrics that assess transformation progress. Hold people accountable to achieve these metrics.
3.    Identify change agents. Equip a few employees throughout your organization to help reinforce actions required to sustain the change.

As I consult with executives regarding change, they often focus much of the effort on the work leading up to the change but don’t put adequate attention on activities required to sustain the change. When insufficient effort is applied to the former, these change projects risk success. Don’t let yours be one of them.


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Steve

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