An outlook on 2021 from a change management perspective
With vaccines now rapidly rolling out globally, a new normal is on the horizon. In the area where I live, many refer to this ‘new horizon’ as the ‘new Weimar period’, the time just after World War I, where culture bloomed along with an increase in creativity and sociability. Personally, I am hoping this will be the case.
When I follow my social media feeds, I would like to highlight following trends when addressing ‘leading change’ in the new normal world:
• The digital ways of working have shown their value and will have a lasting impact on both flexible working and business travel. In short, more flexible working and less business travel compared to the pre-Covid world.
• It is estimated that 20% of high-skilled jobs can be handled as effectively working from home as from the office. This removes the need to relocate individuals for business, as the business can be handled from wherever they are based. This promotes hybrid-organizations.
• The phrase ‘constant change’ is here to stay. Technology is one of the fastest-moving factors.
So what does all of this mean for the discipline of change management? Here, we can learn from the agile world.
1. Find your constant
Only a few people thrive with constant change, most need some stability. So how can organizations provide stability, knowing that change is coming or when operating in non-stable environments?
We find what unites us, our purpose or guiding star.
Organizations, departments and teams need to be clear on what drives them, where they are heading and the value they wish to create. A clear guiding star enables us to be flexible as we work towards our goal and is a constant at the same time.
Why is this relevant? A shared constant unites us across technology, locations and cultures and a clear guiding star ensures we move in the same direction, though the road ahead may be unclear.