Leading Change Effectively

Managing change within the workplace is one of the biggest challenges faced by any business. Not only is it notoriously difficult for owners, directors and senior management to implement, it is also hard for employees to accept as many are naturally wary of and unsettled by change. They often feel a loss of control, concern over the security of their job, a lack of support, confused by the proposed changes and distrust of their employer. Therefore, it takes a certain amount of skill and experience to be able to lead change effectively. But first, let’s take a look at some of the primary reasons why change may be required within a business, starting with external forces. External forces are developments outside of your company that have an impact on your structure, people, product or processes, and require change in order for your organization to continue to thrive. These can include:

  • Workforce diversity

  • Globalization

  • Developments in technology

  • Economic changes

  • Competitor developments

There are also internal factors that can force change:

  • Organizational restructuring

  • New direction of product development

  • Staff turnover

  • Performance reviews

  • Process reviews

In order to successfully implement the changes that your business needs to make, you first need to create an environment and workforce that is open, flexible and reactive. That is where Agile comes in. Teams that are Agile accept that evolution of requirements within a project is natural, and so are able to understand and support changes that happen within their organization, whether they be small procedural tweaks or large-scale restructuring. Implementing and managing change effectively is easier within an Agile business environment. Here are three of the primary reasons why.


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