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Your route-map for fast and successful change

Most change programmes fail – that’s official.

Here is an approach which taps into some powerful models and tools to ensure that yours isn’t one of them. We call it the Change Equation.

The key is to generate an understanding amongst Board Directors of the complexity of the project, relative to the capability of the organisation to handle change. In other words: is this feasible, within the planned timescales and resources?

In order to achieve this, you need to establish:

  • The organisation’s culture
  • It’s capability to manage standardised processes
  • The degree of trust and respect between people – or the lack of it
  • The level of complexity of your project – is it too ambitious in the context of the first 3 factors?

Each of these must be measured and a ‘gap analysis’ carried out, to provide a top-level complexity/capability assessment. We call this the Project Readiness Healthcheck.

A full Healthcheck requires 5-10 days on-site, depending on the size of the organisation. The data generated is conveyed into a series of dashboard indicators:

These are then discussed with senior management at a half-day workshop, in order to get them to ‘own’ the issues and develop strategies to deal with them.

The strategies are written up as a Route-map for change, together with an Action Plan which would often include preparative work with managers and staff across the organisation to shift perceptions and enable culture and process transformation.

There’s more about the Change Equation and the assessment methodology at

And we have just announced a FREE 24-hr Project Readiness Healthcheck, based on project documentation, as a ‘taster’ for prospective clients.

You can contact me at


June 16, 2008 - Posted by | business change management, Project Readiness Healthcheck | , , , , , , ,

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