70% of organizational change efforts fail and this rate is steadily increasing, meanwhile, the ability to lead change in companies is becoming more and more important.
Markets and competitors move fast and you need to be able to keep up with changes or you’ll go bust. It isn’t easy though, as Woodrow Wilson once said,
Nobody likes change. Good news is that it doesn’t have to be like that with the right approach. Inclusion and ownership are your strongest cards in transformation efforts.
But how can an innovation app help you succeed in nurturing inclusion and ownership? To answer that question, let’s first look at what makes you fail.
Nobody likes to be blindsided by many and sudden changes that they don’t understand. Resist the urge for a grand revealing of “The Ten New Strategic Goals!”. Sprinkle hints, seek input and actively use the insight and competencies of your colleagues to craft changes. And Voilà! Transition becomes much smoother.
By deciding new ways for people to do their job, without consulting with them first, you strip them of autonomy. This hurts peoples’ feelings and naturally positions their bodies in a defensive arms-across-chest posture. This is a good sign you are about to fail. You can easily change that by involving them to the process of choosing new ways.
Nobody likes to be included if it feels insincere or forced. If people participating in your transformational workshop are left with a feeling of “they only do this, so I feel a sense of ownership” you’re doing it wrong and it ends up eroding the confidence in the project and you as a manager. Sentences along the lines of: “We’ve already thought of that” are no-gos.
If only there was a tool to help me with all of this, right? Oh but there is… That’s the reason why we developed Ideanote. It’s an innovation app that enables you to create and elaborate on ideas with your team. The app helps you reach out to people in a constructive, engaging and sincere way.
You can post missions for the areas you are looking to change, asking people to chip in, co-developing new concepts and create sincere inclusion since their ideas are not just going to join the others in a black hole of “we already thought of that”.
You can try out Ideanote and claim your space today. You can try any of our feature-rich Paid Plans for free, so you can find the best match for you and your business. Just follow these steps:
Claim your space and challenge your team to come up with ideas.
Create your first mission, but careful, don’t ask dry questions such as “what are your ideas/thoughts?”. Be more playful and ask questions like “How might we improve/change…”. More people = more ideas. After creating the mission, invite your employees and co-workers. Remember – the more the merrier. Let the others discuss changes and collaboratively improve them.
So what say you? Are you ready to be the change pioneer in your company?