Characteristics of Organizations That are Open to Change

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Characteristics of Organizations That are Open to Change
Tleli Makhetha, Business Coach, South Africa

To what extent should an organisation be open to regular change management initiatives. Are certain types of organisations more receptive to successful change management than others? What characterizes them?

Organizations Amenable to Change
Anupam Swarup, OD Consultant, United Arab Emirates
Though this is not a general rule, I believe that organizations that focus on employee engagement and are employee centric in their outlook are more prone to taking change initiatives in their stride.

Characteristics of Organizations Amenable to Change
Jagdish B Acharya, Consultant, India
There are some factors which make organizations more amenable to change. I list some of them below:
1. Learning ones not the learned ones
2. Relatively small in size rather than the big ones
3. Flat rather than pyramidal in structure
4. With dynamic leader rather than with experienced ones
5. With younger staff rather than older staff
6. New entrants rather than established ones

Openness for Change - It's All About Attitude
Hakan Ohlsson, Project Manager, Sweden
It is all about the mindset of each individual if (s)he is positive to changes or not.
When the winds of change blow, some people build walls - while others build windmills.
Remember we cannot change the direction of the wind, but we can always adjust our sails…

Learning Organisations and Predisposition to Change
edward sevume, Other, Sweden
The ground for the mentality that welcomes change is a learning organization. It provides the setting for change to thrive! Absence of learning as a congruent in the mental set up of the organizational members leads to change adverseness.

Organizations That are Open to Ongoing Change and Continous Improvement
David Wilson, Manager, Canada
@edward sevume : I agree with you on the "learning organization". I would also suggest an organization that is open to regular change may be one that considers change as "continuous improvement."
Take a look at the book, The Toyota Way to Continuous Improvement (Liker & Franz, 2011). Organizations need have to have a plan which encompasses a a sense of purpose (e.g., vision, mission, and goals). They also need effective leadership, which values ideas, innovation, and creativity, as well as engages people through recognition, rewards, and respect.


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