Transformational change requires aligning plans, people and practices around a shared purpose. Tackling those pieces with the right approach and resources step-by-step in stages instead of all at once is often the difference between success and failure. Do four things:
- Align plans, people and practices around a shared purpose.
- Manage the transition in stages with different approaches and resources at each stage as appropriate.
- Jettison each stage’s excess baggage before it gets in the way of the next stage’s success.
- Celebrate your early successes.
Utilize the Right Resources by Stage
Just like mission control jettisons the first stage of a rocket when its job is done, just like a baseball manager pulls the middle relief pitcher, when it’s time for the closer, do not shy away from the stage-by-stage step changes to people and practices required to deliver your transformation. Major transformations require tough choices at every step of the way.