Does Your Company Need Sweeping Changes?

June 20, 2010

Q: Our Company is in need of several sweeping changes. We had an outside consultant offer valid recommendations and our executive staff has also made excellent recommendations to the ownership. The owners seem to agree with the initiatives in principle, but won’t act because they are afraid the employees won’t buy in or support the process. How can I assist them before it’s truly too late?

A: Here are three thoughts that strike me immediately:

1. Avoid the "all or nothing" approach and phase in the components of the initiative in a gradual, non-disruptive manner, implementing the least risky and widely accepted steps first.
2. If you are unable to phase in the changes, ensure that you gain alignment with the core leadership group before proceeding.
3. Identify the key dissenters and identify the facts behind their perceived resistance. Deal with each individually and try to address their concerns prior to proceeding with any implementation steps.

This scenario is not uncommon for organizations under pressure. You may want to enlist the help of someone who specializes in the management of corporate transformations and change initiatives, particularly one possessing expertise on the on the human-side of change. This should be someone who has experience and a proven track record in this area. Bringing in vital extra resources is a sign of strength, not of weakness.

Have a tremendous week, and remember that your questions and/or comments are always welcome here. Call or write if I can help and I will respond immediately!


George F. Mancuso, CPC
Gman Business Resources,