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Bad Change Management Examples

Who can share a live example of a company implementing change management miserably? What went wrong and why? Thanks!

  Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

Change Management Worst Practice

One change management mistake was to appoint a young, ambitious and energetic change manager to introduce a new strategic technology concept throughout a large consulting organization.
This change manager had a very strong drive for the innovation and was anxious to achieve progress quickly. So far so good it would seem. However he was impatient to make sure everybody was on the same page and involved, and did not take enough time in the beginning of the project to educate and convince the rest of the organization that the change was really important for its future. The result was that after some time the change manager and his small team were the only ones trying to achieve the strategic change, leaving the rest of the organization behind. Certain parts of the organization with an interest to maintain the status were successful in blocking the entire change effort.

Manager, Ghana

Bad Change Management

Human beings have always constituted the major source of resistance to change. How successful an organization's change management will be is highly dependent on the management of the concerns of the h...

  amandalewis, United States

Change Management Real Life Experiences

These articles are very helpful for students who are gaining their masters degrees. We need to read all of the real life experiences about the topics to better understand what is happening in the work...

  Gabriel Montgomery
Strategy Consultant, Sweden

Change Management Leadership

Why is no one talking about change leadership? I think the real problem is that too many try to manage change instead of leading change. There has to be a healthy balance between the two....

  Gary Monti
Consultant/Educator, United States

Change Management - Bad Experience

I believe it is better to know what question to ask than to have all the answers. The energetic, ambitious manager probably can see to infinity but with a span of vision about 0.1 meters. Success requ...

  Richardcavessa, USA

Failure to Recognize Change Needs

To stick to a plan takes dedication, but failure to recognize change needs to be done, is fatal management....

  Anthony Houston, Australia

Change Management Worst Practice

This example illustrates an abject failure by management to do their job. There cannot be any change, let alone change that is successful in implementing the new strategy, unless all senior management...

  Gautam Lamba
United Kingdom

Mitigating the Downside of Over-enthusiasm

From the replies above is seems that you often have individuals who is very excited/motivated because they can see the benefits the change will bring. But either: - they are unable to communicate tho...

  Krishna Bakaraju

When Bad Change Management Occurs

One can say that bad change management occurs when a stakeholder and the change manager are not in synch with each other. Either they are not ready for any change or are not willing to work towards or...

medical, United Kingdom

Change Management and Communication

Communication... the one skill that any manager can not do without, especially when dealing with change. If you can communicate effectively then you are half way there....

  Gabriel Montgomery
Strategy Consultant, Sweden

Change Leadership & Management

My experience is that you have to both lead and manage change. - LEADING CHANGE is all about setting direction, creating shared understanding and commitment. - MANAGING CHANGE focuses on planning, s...

  Ellen Lake
Coach, Australia

People Have to Choose Change

You can't manage change or change people. People have to choose change. And people will choose change when they connect with the greater vision, the end result, and it becomes a personal experience....

  Balachandran Nair
Bank Official, India

Change Managers not Needed

You don`t need change managers if you have a proactive HRD that encourages feedback, both positive & negative, from all employees and adresses the same in a structured manner. I totally agree with Ms....

  Wesley Floyd
Consultant, United Kingdom

Recognising the Need for Change

Wow! I'm quite new to his site and these are all really interesting threads and very inspiring. My question is... How do you persuade people of the need for change when they cannot see it themselves? ...

  Rebecca Roe
United States

Find the Way to Communicate the Benefits

Nobody really likes change, but change occurs constantly. We just may not realize it. The situational management style seems to work very well to individualize and prioritize what and who needs to be ...

consultant, Netherlands

Crucial Actors, Participation and Communication

Most success stories are based on good leadership. Those are little helpful for other managers. You can identify the crucial actors and ask them about their own advantages or their advice to moving ot...

  Rebecca Roe
United States

My Change Management Amalgamation

Good leadership is a complex amalgamation of trial and error, research, and a true love of working with people. My definition of what makes a good leader may differ from others, but I do value what yo...

  Gabriel Montgomery
Strategy Consultant, Sweden

@Wesley Floyd: How Do You Persuade People of the Need for Change ...?

You don't. It is a question of getting a shared understanding of reality. If management and rest of organisation have different perspectives on reality there will be resistance. To apply change manage...

  Gary Monti
Consultant/Educator, United States

Persuading People to Change via Strange Attractors

The key is finding people's strange attractors. Strange attractors are stresses that if let unaddressed will cause damage or destroy a situation. They can be positive (selling a contract requiring mor...

consultant, Netherlands

Persuading to Change

Why should they cooperate with you? Not always necessary. Working in the same direction is enough. En why persuading? With good questions about common or individual interests you can get the wind blow...

  Rebecca Roe
United States

@Vrooland - Persuading to Change

They don't have to cooperate--that's their choice. You can look at it in two ways. 1) Find out who's committed to work with you and for you for the betterment of the organization --you make it clear ...

  Ellen Lake
Coach, Australia

Facilitating Engagement and Creativity

I totally agree with Wesley Floyd. When people are encouraged and invited to share an honest view of current reality and can also share in the desired end result there is more chance of facilitating e...

  Wesley Floyd
Consultant, United Kingdom

Leading Change

Thanks all for your comments. It really helped me clarify a few things, so it's been very reassuring. In essence, I think, it's a question of believing a change is needed and then recognising what a...

  Carlos Oliva-Velez, Spain

Producing Innovation

Though many companies cannot stop innovating from scratch in order to survive (i.e. software industry), some others need to "push" for innovation. This process is not only related to individuals but m...

  Rene Sirois, Canada

Introduction Change vs Credibility

Another thought on change introduction: Each company has its own culture and history. The success of introducing change will depend on the credibility of its management. That credibility has been bu...

  Nelson Hernandez Manso, Spain

Change Managers not Needed

Q: How many psychologists are needed to change a light bulb? A: Only 1, but the bulb "would desire the change" Agree with Ms. Elen and Mr. Balachandran. And I add: if the pyramidal celestial bosse...

Professor, India


Kudos to 12 manage for throwing up such a great subject for discussion. I feel that one of the major reasons for resistance to change are: - Lack of frequent communication between the top management...

  Mosa Justin
Management Consultant, Madagascar

When Bad Change Management Occurs

Bad change management occurs when: 1- the diagnosis of the situation is not well done 2- there is not a holistic approach of the issue 3- the adaptive questions are not tackled 4- the implementat...

  Roger Shields
Management Consultant, United States

My Change Management Points

First, the previous points made are very interesting. My comments are basic: 1st: the key to managing change is to keep everyone involved informed. The "rumor mill" is your worst enemy. 2nd: unders...

  Richardcavessa, USA

Bad Management Occurs

Responsibility is a funny concept to some....

  Drazen, Australia

Relationships/communication is the Key to Successful Implementation

I know we're all discussing things that went wrong here however I would like to point out what could have made it go right. Having just done a lot of research on the topic of change management I have ...


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