When It Comes to Change … KISS!

Change ManagementSometimes, when we are making some change in our business or organization, the situation may seem to get worse rather than better. Sometimes, in our effort to cover all of the bases and lock down even the smallest details we may actually make the situation more difficult and complicated.

If this has ever happened with any of your projects or changes, it may be time to revisit one of the old maxims, which is KISS (Keep It Simple S…..). Simple is good because the more complicated we make a change or project seem, it is easier to lose focus and our minds drift.

Here are a four (4) suggestions that may be helpful:

1. Refine your proposal so that it is no more than one page. If it must be longer, consider dividing the change or project in more than one phase. Consider using bullet points to illustrate the critical information.

2. Use a diagram to illustrate the relationship between different parts of the plan or project.

3. Introduce the plan in a brief fashion and acknowledge that each major step will entail several minor steps or activities. When you begin with as few steps as possible, the supporting steps tend to naturally fall into place. Also, encourage your team members to develop the supporting steps to accomplish the major steps.

4. Develop check lists. If they are good enough for airline pilots, they will work in change and project implementation.

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James E. McClain is the author of Successful Career Development: A Game Plan, the book upon which some of our training programs are based. He has over 30 years' experience as a corporate HR executive, small business owner with ongoing experience in career development and as a college instructor. His educational background includes a B.S. and Masters degrees Education and Certification in Financial Planning. Our promise is that "you can pay more for training but you can not buy better training." The mission is to deliver the most effective and cost effective training and development programs.

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