Prepare for Change

Filed under: Governance — lenand @ 10:18 pm

Local authorities are faced with major organisational change, with reduced budgets.  Where should they start?

The Formula for Change was created by Richard Beckhard and David Gleicher, refined by Kathie Dannemiller and is sometimes called Gleicher’s Formula. This formula provides a model to assess the relative strengths affecting the likely success or otherwise of organisational change programs.

D x V x F > R

Three factors must be present for meaningful organizational change to take place. These factors are:

D = Dissatisfaction with how things are now;

V = Vision of what is possible;

F = First, concrete steps that can be taken towards the vision;

If the product of these three factors is greater than R = Resistance, then change is possible.

Because D, V, and F are multiplied, if any one is absent or low, then the product will be low and therefore not capable of overcoming the resistance. To ensure a successful change it is necessary to use influence and strategic thinking in order to create vision and identify those crucial, early steps towards it. In addition, the organization must recognize and accept the dissatisfaction that exists by communicating industry trends, leadership ideas, best practice and competitive analysis to identify the necessity for change.  [Thanks to Wikipedia]

Too many change programmes seem to have ignored the formula for a successful start.




1 Comment »

  1. […] Even though there are well-established services available, local authorities treat E-invoicing as innovation. They have no appetite for minimal risk innovation. The reason must be Resistance to change (R) being too high. Remember the Change Equation? […]

    Pingback by Quick Win #1: E-invoicing « Quarkside — 24/11/2011 @ 11:55 am | Reply

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