The best time to prepare for change is before it starts. But you don’t always have that luxury, especially when the future is uncertain and unstable. Instead you need to equip your organization to thrive in a state of constant change by reshaping its relationship to it. Here’s how:
- Convey a different mindset. Don’t talk about change as something to be controlled and managed. Have an attitude that any change — good or bad, big or small, expected or unwelcome — is an opportunity for growth and improvement.
- Conduct a “change audit.” Assess your organization’s readiness for a world in constant flux. Where is change hitting hardest in your organization? Which departments, functions, and teams have excelled despite the instability of the last 18 months — and why?
- Assign someone to be responsible for your organization’s change-readiness. Depending on the size of your organization, it may be time to add a chief change officer whose cross-functional role is dedicated to helping the entire company prepare for a change-heavy future.