Failing Organizational Change

Why Organizational Change Fails – TLNT

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



Living in a developed country that has a system of order and plentiful resources shields us from the reality that most of humanity faces. It’s not until you travel to a poverty-stricken country and witness the hunger, violence, and disease that signifies life for its inhabitants that you realize the artificial world in which we live.

While some countries are rich in resources, the income derived from those resources rarely reaches the poor. The inequalities prevalent in these countries include unclean water, inadequate medical care, deadly viruses, and limited education. Furthermore, the children in these countries are most affected, many times, succumbing to death due to hunger and malnutrition.

We have a moral obligation to be more appreciative of the opportunities and resources afforded us while finding ways to give of ourselves for the greater good of humanity. “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” Martin Luther King, Jr.