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Seven Cs of Consulting, The by Mick Cope

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Sustainability

For the majority of change programmes, you must help the client to hold on to the gains. Slippage is one of the most difficult issues to resolve. People may have the necessary energy to deliver the transformation but they do not all have the power and desire to continue through until the end of the engagement. Even when change is complete, many tend to drift back to the initial state after a short period.

Change is often not sustainable because it has been enacted at the asset, blueprint or capability level of the change ladder, but not locked in at the desire or existence level. Imagine a racing car driver who is unable to attain peak performance on the track. His car has been re-tuned, he has been on a development programme ...

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