Many factors cause organizational change efforts to fail. Here are the top 10 reasons.
1. Asking for Behavior X while rewarding Behavior Y. Align systems and work processes with desired #behaviors.
2. Overplanning. Analysis + paralysis = inaction.
3. Going for the home run. Focus on small, quick wins to build momentum for larger, long-term victories.
4. Uninformed and disengaged team. Early and ongoing communication helps teams make more intelligent decisions and feel more ownership.
5. The devil is in the details. Don’t keep discussions at a conceptual, strategic level. Once you are clear on your plan, execution is about details.
6. Change is good. Be the leader, go first!
7. Sustained #change is driven by people. E.g., Implementing new software is more about the people who will use it, install it, train it, and support it than it is about the system itself.
8. Lack of compelling reason to change. The best plan must be accompanied by a great story to support it.
9. Energy and resources spent on the resistors of change. Support your supporters and let the others choose to follow.
10. Changing everything rather than what needs to be changed to meet new business objectives. Identify what you should start, stop, and keep, then plan changes accordingly.
Source: The L Group