What Is Collaborative Change Management?

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What Is Collaborative Change Management?

Collaborative change management is a preferred way in many large organizations of implementing change in the organization by involving preferable all the people who will be affected by it. The idea is to get people on board with the change rather than simply telling them what to do.

Here are some of the key benefits of collaborative change management:

  • – Increased buy-in from all employees: When people feel like they have a say in how a change is implemented, they are more likely to be supportive of it.
  • – Improved communication: Collaboration helps to ensure that everyone is on the same page about the change.
  • – Reduced resistance to change: By involving people in the process, you can address their concerns and help them to see the benefits of the change.
  • – Better solutions: When you get a variety of perspectives involved, you are more likely to come up with the best possible solution.

If you are considering implementing a change in your organization, then collaborative change management is a great approach to consider in a number of situations when the external environment is calm and stable.

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However, collaborative change is not the right approach to change management in every situation

While collaborative change management is a powerful tool, there are situations where it might not be the most effective strategy. Here are some cases where a different approach might be better:

  • Time-Sensitive Changes: If there’s an urgent need to implement a change due to a crisis or critical situation, the collaborative process might take too long. A quicker, top-down approach might be necessary to address the immediate need. Examples are for instance the lockdowns because of Covid-19 when a quick implementation of hybrid working, working at home and other foms of remote working had to be implemented fast:

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  • Highly Confidential Changes: If the change involves sensitive information or strategic decisions that need to be kept confidential, involving a large group might not be practical.
  • – Clear Direction with Limited Options: When the change has a clear direction and there are limited options to consider, extensive collaboration might not be necessary or even possible. A well-defined communication plan can effectively explain the change and its rationale.
  • – Technological Developments: Examples are the fast growth of the Internet, the fast gworth f smart phones and The Democratization Of AI and its impact on industries, business models and organizational designs.

In these type of situations including sudden external events like the start of the War in Ukraine, consider a alternative change strategy such as informing employees clearly about the change and its rationale, providing training and support, or creating feedback mechanisms to address concerns but show real leadership and act fast and decisive.

The key is to choose the approach that best suits the specific situation and ensures a smooth and successful change implementation depending on the situation. We call that situational change management.

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