Why do so Many Change Processes Fail?

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James Antwi, HR Consultant, Ghana
Most often change processes do not succeed because of some ASSUMPTIONS we make before and during the change process. One such well-known assumption is that people hate change so they may resist change. I see this as a myth in change process. Clearly, it is not that people hate change, but rather people do not want change to be imposed on them. The best way to avoid this is to involve people in the change process right from the beginning to increase the chances they will corporate with the process. (...) Read more? Sign up for free

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  Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
 

Why Change Efforts Not Succeed

Thank you James for your interesting topic. I think this very much behind Kotter's thinking with his eight reasons and phases why many change processes don't succeed.
Also take a look at our competence center about Resistance to change which has a lot on how we can avoid and manage such resistance.

  Gregory Johnson, Coach, United States
 

Why Change Efforts Fail

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  Steven Cooke
 

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  Fernando Rodriguez, Project Manager, United States
 

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  Graham Williams, Management Consultant, South Africa
 

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  Armando Aramayo, Business Consultant, Peru
 

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  Henry, Manager, Hong Kong
 

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  Bernhard Keim, Business Consultant, Germany
 

The Current System at Least Works to some Extent…

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  patricia lucki, Consultant, Guatemala
 

Key Role of Communication

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  Connie James, Professor
 

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  Bernhard Keim, Business Consultant, Germany
 

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  Graham Williams, Management Consultant, South Africa
 

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  Sridhar Gopal, Management Consultant, India
 

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  Norman Dragt, Netherlands
 

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  Oshun, Grace Okaima, Lecturer, Nigeria
 

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  Faris Babouri, Coach, France
 

We are Afraid of Change!

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  Muhammad Ali, Student (Other), Pakistan
 

Lack of Readiness for Change and Mindfulness

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  Mark Kelly, Manager, Australia
 

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  Soma Pillay, Manager, United Kingdom
 

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  Pramod Kumar Gupta, India
 

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  M P SINGH, CxO / Board, India
 

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  Patrick Parsons
 

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  Isaiah Maisiba, Accountant, Kenya
 

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  Rob Powys-Smith, Analyst, United Kingdom
 

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  T V N Murthy, Entrepreneur, India
 

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  Daniel Lopez, Argentina
 

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  Damodaram Kuppuswami, Consultant, India
 

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  EDGAR SARRIA CAMPO, Teacher, Colombia
 

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  Andyson Mupeta, Student (MBA), Zambia
 

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  Isaiah Maisiba, Accountant, Kenya
 

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  Abdourahmane DIOP, Management Consultant, Senegal
 

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  Love Lonnroth, Management Consultant, Sweden
 

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  Steven Cooke
 

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  David Harland, Consultant, United Kingdom
 

Candour is a Must in Change

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  Lloyd Lawrence, Manager, Australia
 

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  Neilson Asiedu, Strategy Consultant, United States
 

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  David Harland, Consultant, United Kingdom
 

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  Alan, Student (University), China
 

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  Maurice Hogarth, Consultant, United Kingdom
 

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