How to Consolidate and Keep Moving (Kotter)? Ideas

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Jaap de Jonge
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How to Consolidate and Keep Moving (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 seventh step is to build on the change, continuously improving the effort and realizing that the quick wins are just the beginning of the entire change effort.
Some ideas to consolidating and keeping the change effort moving are:
  • Don't declare victory too early and keep building on the change.
  • Realize that the quick wins are just the start of the total effort to achieve long-term change.
  • Analyze each successful project (or failure) and implement improvements (see After Action Review).
  • Define goals and KPIs to continue building on the momentum you've achieved (see Key Performance Indicators).
  • Appreciate continuous improvement versus only aiming for radical change (see Kaizen).
  • Expand the change team. Appoint more change leaders, experts and team members.
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