Over on the Medium publication that I've created for my upcoming book on Building the Agile Business I've posted some thoughts on why, in the context of digital transformation and the significant amount of change that many organisations are undergoing right now, we need to reinvent traditional approaches to change management. In the book, a key theme is how digital transformation is far from being the linear process with a beginning, middle and an end that many take it to be. Instead the transition that needs to happen is one towards creating a new type of organisation that is in itself designed around continuous change and the ability to respond to rapidly changing contexts. So we are, more than ever, in the business of continuously managing change. And rather than the traditional, fixed and linear change management processes we need far more fluid and adaptive approaches to better account of a rapidly and continually changing operating environment. I listed some fundamental ways in which I believe that change management itself needs to change which I thought were worth repeating here:
The point about this is that whilst digital transformation has become a buzz-word, the reality is that many organisations are undergoing (or need to undergo) significant and fundamental change in order to be fit for purpose for the digitally-empowered world in which we all now operate. But we cannot rely on outdated approaches amongst rapidly shifting contexts. Change management needs to change.
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