Despite the wealth of knowledge and other resources that exist about change management, change efforts continue to fail, to varying degrees, at alarming rates. In its most recent Pulse of the Profession report, the Project Management Institute (PMI) found that more than a quarter of failed projects cited poor change management as the primary cause of the failure (Project Management Institute, 2017). With 70% of change initiatives within organizations failing(Daft, 2014), clearly massive amounts of time and money are being wasted. Beyond such obvious, direct costs, ineffective change management results in decreased employee morale and missed opportunities to improve relative to the competition.

As is the case with Strategic Planning and Risk Management, effective Change Management is largely dependent on effective decision making. Those leading a change or transition effort make numerous up-front and on-the-fly decisions to help others accept the changes and become skilled in their new environment. Decisions in this context relate to the strategy, process, and tools used, and span the full lifecycle of change management from initial planning through to post-change learning and continuous improvement.

Change agents and managers provide a critical role in getting a company from where it is to where it wants or needs to be. The value of providing them the knowledge, tools, and other forms of support to be successful in that role cannot be understated. By improving our decision-making competency, we improve our change management competency.

Despite the wealth of knowledge and other resources that exist about change management, change efforts continue to fail, to varying degrees, at alarming rates. In its most recent Pulse of the Profession report, the Project Management Institute (PMI) found that more than a quarter of failed projects cited poor change management as the primary cause of the failure1. With 70% of change initiatives within organizations failing2, clearly massive amounts of time and money are being wasted. Beyond such obvious, direct costs, ineffective change management results in decreased employee morale and missed opportunities to improve relative to the competition.

As is the case with Strategic Planning and Risk Management, effective Change Management is largely dependent on effective decision making. Those leading a change or transition effort make numerous up-front and on-the-fly decisions to help others accept the changes and become skilled in their new environment. Decisions in this context relate to the strategy, process, and tools used, and span the full lifecycle of change management from initial planning through to post-change learning and continuous improvement.

Change agents and managers provide a critical role in getting a company from where it is to where it wants or needs to be. The value of providing them the knowledge, tools, and other forms of support to be successful in that role cannot be understated. By improving our decision-making competency, we improve our change management competency.

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How Powernoodle Helps

In an ideal world, every person tasked with Change Management would be able to learn best practices from research as well as other companies and industries. In reality, those responsible for change management likely don’t have the time or opportunity to review the latest literature and stay on top of best practices in the field, let alone being similarly informed or proficient in the field of evidence-based decision making.

For this reason, Powernoodle has created a series of best practice decision models to help make better quality decisions regarding Change Management; thereby increasing the efficiency and success of change management efforts. Using these models requires no special decision making expertise; relying instead on the subject matter knowledge and experience of the change agents. The use of these decision models will ensure that your change management related decisions and efforts will have the required engagement, be agile, efficient and high quality.


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If you’d like to learn more about Powernoodle and how an evidence-based approach to decision making can improve your change- related strategies and execution, simply contact us at
changemanagement@powernoodle.com.

References:
1Project Management Institute. (2017).  Pulse of the Profession 2017.
https://www.pmi.org/-/media/pmi/documents/public/pdf/learning/thought-leadership/pulse/pulse-of-the-profession-2017.pdf

2 Daft, R. L. (2014). The Leadership Experience. Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning, p. 463.