Management consulting legend W. Edwards Deming is quoted as saying that "85% of all operational failures are the fault of fallible managers, not failing workers." Nowhere are the consequences of operational failure more visible than in the midst of change activity. The defiance of the status quo and the effort to embark on a new path are requisite to achieve success in our modern business culture. In our research we have found that less than 25% of all change initiatives deliver more than 80% of the expected value. Those fallible managers need a new model for change that is simple, actionable, and practical!
Change management is the discipline of creating systems that allow for clarity of change efforts as well as sustainability for new and recurring change activity. At The Walton Group our 7 step Rapid Adoption Change Model™:
- Increases successful project outcomes
- Reduces project risk
- Creates advocates for change within executive teams
- Reduces change resistance within the organization
- Fosters an appetite for new change
- Allows for self-sustaining governance of the new "changed" operating model
- Creates simplicity for management
Our Guardrails approach allows individuals within the project team to clearly understand and own the outcome of the change initiative, freeing leadership resources to focus on measuring change effort outcomes and focusing on future vision.
"If you want to build a ship, don't summon people to buy wood, prepare tools, distribute jobs, and organize the work, rather teach people the yearning for the wide boundless ocean."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery