How to Create a Coalition (Kotter)? Ideas

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How to Create a Coalition (Kotter)? Ideas

The 8-Step Change Model sets out the eight key phases of any major change effort, arguing that neglecting any of the steps can be enough for the whole initiative to fail. By paying close attention to these 8 steps, you can avoid many frequently made mistakes in changing organizations and avoid wasting a lot of money and effort.

According to John Kotter, for an (organizational) change to happen, the second step is to form a powerful change coalition, consisting of top leaders, key influencers, change managers, and a strong change team. Because changing organizations is typically very important, but is also hard and takes a long time and a lot of resources (money).
Some ideas to create such strong change coalition are:
  • Identify formal and informal leaders in the organization (see Opinion Leaders).
  • Ask for their involvement/support/commitment) (see RACI).
  • Perform team building techniques in the change team (see Stages of Team Development).
  • Analyze the proper composition and completeness of the change team (see Belbin Team Roles).
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