There are many times
when change is necessary in a business:
- A new
strategic direction to suit changing business requirements or owners
- A change
to your operational market caused by less buoyant economic factors with consumers reducing discretionary spending
- Alterations to internal processes being necessary to comply with increasing regulation quality standards in your particular business sector
staff to alter ingrained attitudes and adapt to changes brought about by new systems or processes
Change Management can
often leave business owners feeling uncomfortable. In reality it is generally a straightforward process but it can often seem very complicated to the uninitiated. Signa can provide advisers with
extensive experience to guide you through changes in projects, people and internal processes.
business owners and senior managers have very different skills to the ones needed to change the structure of a company and often have neither the time or expertise to make the changes successful. To
be able to make changes that will be sustainable needs tenacity and experience and the whole-hearted commitment of the business owner.
management will need several stages including:
- Forming a team with a good synergy to
lead the change and gain their commitment
- Creating an immediate sense of urgency
and importance for the change process. Seek assistance, identify and analyse the possible opportunities & threats, develop plans and options and initiate discussion
- Define a clear vision and avoid confusion
and mixed messages. Make sure that the team are totally familiar with the vision and will be able convey that clearly and succinctly to others
- Announce the changes and spread the
message consistently. Proactively drive the changes throughout the organisation
- Remove obstacles as they occur. Remember
that in general people will be apprehensive about change and see it as threat unless they are persuaded of the benefits. Think carefully about how to bring them on board. Identify those who support
change, support those who take the lead in pushing the changes along and be firm but fair. Change the processes, organisation structure and when necessary the people.
- Look for the short-term wins. Early
successes help people to recognise the benefits and makes further progress easier to achieve. In the initial stages it is better to have regular small successes so that people get used to things
changing successfully and lead up to the bigger projects later.
- Review the changes. Analyse after
implementation and consolidate the things that went well; reassess what was less successful and try again.
- Consolidate change: Implement a
culture of continuous improvement so that staff are always encouraged to think about new ways to become more efficient in what they do
Signa business advisers
understand that systemic change is only sustainable if the business owner is wholeheartedly supported during the change process. Change is never easy and needs continual focus, honesty and drive. But
the benefits of successful change make the effort worthwhile.
At Signa we have
numerous advisors with expertise in change management in sectors as diverse as construction, manufacturing, healthcare, utilities and FMCG. With access to over 200 specialist advisers we can pool
talents when a client might require a breadth of business support.
If you would like more information on how Signa can help please call us on 01494
562738 or send us a message.