Sustainable Change – Deploying It Effectively In Your Business
“In a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is more
productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.” —Warren Buffett
Without exception, everyone has been affected by the impact of the 2020 pandemic both personally and professionally forcing us all to make many adjustments and changes.
For some, these changes, perhaps unintentionally, have been for the better. Businesses have become more conscious and aware of their corporate and social responsibilities in supporting their local community, customers, employees and suppliers.
Some examples include, deploying good mental wellbeing practices for all employees, new policies and procedures to reduce carbon emissions and new revenue streams by selling products and services online and operating delivery and takeaway services (to name a few).
Technology has arguably helped us to cope with the change much better than had this pandemic occurred 10 or 20 years ago.
Just look at how quickly and widespread video conferencing has been adopted and used. Previously the critics argues that the technology was not good enough, people were too scared to use it and it was difficult and costly to deploy.
Yet, this has quickly become the norm and even after the pandemic subsides and we can all get on a plane, train or take a car to work or meet our clients, we know that we will more likely continue to work from home and only make those trips on occasion and no every day.
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Founder, has said that up to 50% of the workforce could be working from home in the next 5 – 10 years.
Forced change is never easy and whilst there were those who have embraced the change, more will have found it extremely difficult and even have resisted it by putting their heads in the sand.
Businesses who are willing and able to continually evolve and change are those who grow and thrive. We have to remember change is a process, not an event, and successful deployment is based on having a clear plan, employee engagement, determining and mitigating the risks, measuring and reinforcing change through fun and creative ways, so it becomes embedded in your every day business culture to become the new norm.
In other words, having the right people in the right place, do the right things at the right time and then reward them when they do it right.
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