Building on Change
Leading Change the Kotter Way
Building on Change is the seventh step in the Kotter model. Real change runs deep and takes time. Quick wins are only the beginning of what needs to be done to achieve long-term change – make sure you take enough time!
This post is part of a series on the Kotter approach to leading change. I am in process of revamping my original Kotter model series. Links to all the earlier Kotter posts are in the next paragraph. The Kotter model is based on research which showed that there are eight critical steps an organisation or service needs to go through to ensure that change happens and sticks. This series of posts will consider these steps in greater detail. We have already reissued; Step One: Creating Urgency , Step Two: Forming a Powerful Coalition, Step Three Creating a Vision for Change , Step Four: Communicate Your Vision , Step Five: Handling Resistance and Step Six Delivering Short-Term Wins
Step Seven: Build on the Change
Kotter argues that many change projects fail because victory is declared too early. Real change runs deep and takes time. Quick wins are only the beginning of what needs to be done to achieve long-term change – make sure you take enough time!
Launching one new product using a new system is great. But you may need launch 10 products to ensure that the new system is well embedded and really working. To reach that 10th success, you need to keep looking for improvements.
Each success provides an opportunity to build on what went right and identify what you can improve.
Building on Change – What you can do:
- After every win, analyse what went right and what needs improving.
- Set goals to continue building on the momentum you’ve achieved.
- Learn about the idea of continuous improvement
- Keep ideas fresh by bringing in new change agents and leaders for your change coalition.
Here is a Kotter Reading List for you;
- Leading Change
- Our Iceberg is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions
- Heart of Change, The: Real-Life Stories of How People Change Their Organizations
- A Sense of Urgency
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