‘And it ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.’
By now, you have probably deduced that the reason why 88% of change initiatives fail can really be summed up in two words: ‘The Leadership’.
The leadership fails to provide clarity about what needs to be achieved and why. The leadership doesn't fully understand the implications of the change. The leadership fails to create a culture where inertia can be overcome. The leadership allows process to rule outcomes. The leadership inadvertently sets the project up to fail.
And here we are at Reason #10 and guess what? It's the leadership's fault again. This time it is because they don't stay the course. The company's leaders cannot take their eyes off the end goal for one minute. If they do, the change initiative will wither and die – like a flower deprived of sun.
Change is tough. I think we have ...