The Digital Age is driving different approach to change

With so many approaches to managing change, how do you know if the one you have chosen will work for you?  What happens if you adopt the wrong one?

‘Digital transformation’, how an organisation uses technology to do business, is on most CEO’s agenda.

The questions to address:

  • how to re-skill the existing workforce with minimum disruption to business operations
  • how to find hard-to-get skills for a digital age
  • how to optimise new technology and leverage business opportunities

What worked in the past might not work in the present

Organisations seeking to copy models or approaches from other organisations might be following a risky strategy.

  • Challenge assumptions about how your organisation’s business model works.
  • Be clear about the problems you’re seeking to solve and ensure that you’ve got enough evidence to suggest these are the real problems.
  • Be wary of adopting approaches from other organisations.

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A different way of thinking about change

A different strategy is required based on what we’re calling Change Science.

From research and current understanding of how human beings make decisions we know that human judgement is prone to systematic errors.  These errors are caused by the filters and biases we use to make sense of the world.

So what does this mean for you if you want of stay ahead of the pack?

Instead of relying on out of date theories and models, learn how change science can help you:

  • improve decision making,
  • reduce bias that naturally occurs because we’re human,
  • avoid costly mistakes and reduce risk when making strategic decisions.

This requires a willingness for curiosity to seek best available evidence.

Ro Gorell

Ro Gorell

Ro Gorell is a co-director of Change Optimised and a multiple published author. One of her books, 50 Top Tools for Coaching, is a Kogan Page best seller with an audio version in production in 2020. She is driven by a desire to help individuals and organisations become future fit – so they can thrive no matter what. She also advocates for integrating work and life, valuing time spent in the gym and singing with West Australian Symphony Orchestra Choir.

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