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Effective Change Management Design Principles: Moving Past the Whac-a-Mole Approach

When it comes to managing change, there’s a common tendency to use familiar solutions for all kinds of problems. This is like playing Whac-a-Mole with transformation efforts – you are dealing with different situations and contexts but respond in a familiar fashion to stop challenges popping up.

Many organizations try to tackle different changes and contexts using the same methods. They follow a standard way of doing things without really thinking about whether it’s the right approach for each situation. Off course, we’re not saying we should ignore good practices or tools. We just need to use them more thoughtfully. That’s where change management design principles come in.

Change management design principles are basic rules that guide how we handle change in organizations. They help us understand how to approach, plan, carry out, and keep up with change initiatives. Alignment with important stakeholders at the beginning of your initiative on change design principles will prove to very beneficial. Let’s explain them, by giving to 2 examples: