Change in action



What is change enablement?

Delivering the benefits of change with the least possible disruption, according to a planned method within an agreed time period.

Isn’t change enablement only for large change initiatives?

There is no such thing as “small change”. Even so-called small change has an impact. It is important to understand that different kinds of change require different strategies and plans to gain engagement, reduce resistance and ease acceptance. The three types of change enablement approaches are:

a) developmental (day-to-day / operational)
b) transitional (strategic / tactical) and
c) transformational (cultural / metamorphic).

All change requires a structured plan to facilitate the impact of the change, regardless of whether it is perceived to as “a small change only”.

What is the difference between Project Management and Change Enablement?

Project Management focuses on the “what and when”, which includes the following deliverables: Plan (Timelines) + Scope + Deliverables + Resources + Quality. Change Enablement focuses on “how” to enable the “what and when” by mobilising people one step at a time.  

What are the steps in the change journey?

  1. Think – use your head to envision a single version of the truth.
  2. Embrace – use your heart to welcome new ways of working.
  3. Work – use your hands to comply with new standards and cooperate.
  4. Progress – use your feet to accelerate change and help the business to grow.

How can change go wrong?

A lack of vision, along with poor implementation history can lead to inadequate middle management support for change. In addition, there is often a lack of consequence management for not implementing change correctly. There may also be insufficient time, poor communication and no follow-through (one-way communication with lack of feedback). Lastly, ineffective management of resistance to change leads to a lack of synergy and poor results.

How does unmanaged change affect people?

Ignoring the people side of change has dire consequences. Productivity declines, key stakeholders do not show up to meetings and suppliers/service providers begin to feel the impact and see the disruption caused by change. Students feel the negative impacts of a change that should have been invisible to them. Employee morale suffers and divisions between “us” and “them” begin to emerge. Stress, confusion and fatigue increase, resulting in valued employees leaving the organisation.

What is a Community of Practice?

Communities of Practice are groups of people who share a passion for something that they know how to do and who interact regularly to learn how to do it better.

How can I help to enable change at SU?

  • Join a Change Enablement Community of Practice.
  • Use our change enablement methodology and be an agent for change in action.
  • Share the lessons you have learnt on your change journey.
  • Compile case studies for us to share on our website.
  • Aim to continuously improve our change enablement methodology.
  • Set new benchmarks for change enablement.
  • Continually search for best practices in terms of change enablement.
  • Nominate experts to share their stories with us.