There are many theories about how to “do” change. Many originate with leadership and change management guru, John Kotter and the eight-step change process in his 1995 book, “Leading Change.”
- Create Urgency: spark the initial motivation to get things moving.
- Form a Powerful Coalition: managing change isn’t enough – you have to lead it.
- Create a Vision for Change: consolidate your many great ideas and solutions into an overall vision that people can grasp easily and remember.
- Communicate the Vision: don’t just call special meetings to communicate your vision, talk about it every chance you get.
- Remove Obstacles: is anyone resisting the change? And are there processes or structures that are getting in its way?
- Create Short-Term Wins: Nothing motivates more than success.
- Build on the Change: don’t declare victory too early. Real change runs deep.
- Anchor the Changes in Corporate Culture: finally, to make any change stick, it should become part of the core of your organization.
Learn more about these steps, and how they can be applied to place-making in this great post on PlaceFocus.