Heart as Important as the Head When Approaching Business Changes, Find the Edge Article Says

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An article, published on Find the Edge this morning, has highlighted the need for companies to consider the full impact of any changes initiatives, and to ensure the whole organisation is pulling in the same direction – if they are to be successful.

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It doesn’t matter how well a transformation is planned and funded, if those involved in making it happen are reluctant to participate, it’s likely to fail.

Too many businesses are initiating change programmes without considering the full impact of their changes, and taking steps to keep the people responsible for carrying them out on side, David Atkinson has said in a new article on Find the Edge.

The procurement expert and lecturer uses the article to explain the pitfalls many businesses fall into when planning for and enacting change programmes.

He said: "It’s evident that the knowledge levels of many business leaders – regarding techniques to change the interlinked and multifaceted systems that make up contemporary companies – are not always up to scratch.

"Plan after plan for transformation fails; meaning business leaders are left confused and increasingly frustrated at the lack of results.

"It doesn’t matter how well a transformation is planned and funded, if those involved in making it happen are reluctant to participate, it’s likely to fail."

To combat this problem, he emphasises the importance of thinking about how employees are likely to respond to the changes and the plans.

He said: "It’s extremely common for positive changes to be viewed with suspicion, and be seen as a threat by the individuals within an organisation.

"An effective change programme needs to harness the loyalty, inspiration and cooperation of everyone within the organisation, not just the internal change agents and procurement leaders. The people who are involved in making the changes and achieving the goals of the plan need to be actively involved in the process.

"It’s easy to get carried away by the dry facts when thinking about a transformation, but the importance of the heart as well as the head needs to be considered."

The full article can be viewed here: http://www.findtheedge.co.uk/product-service/procurement-supply-chain/to-change-systems-change-minds.

David Atkinson is managing director at Four Pillars – which is a management consultancy and training service. He is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Birmingham. For more information about David and his work, visit this website: http://www.findtheedge.co.uk/expert-panelist/david-atkinson.

Kenny Goodman, founder of Find the Edge said: "Any changes to the status quo are going to face some opposition along the way.

"It's entirely natural for people to feel threatened by impending changes, so business leaders need to consider these problems, and actively involve the people they are asking to adjust in the process."

The article can be viewed in full on Find the Edge, a business website that launched in February 2013. Expert panelists publish articles on a variety of business topics.

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