In life and in business we are making changes, and as always we do our best. The biggest fear of all changes in business people makes, is to make the change and after months or years it just gradually goes back to where it was or even worse.
There is one solution (if done well) that can prevent this from happening. We all remember the saying “Burn the Bridges” as a military tactic, it was utilized by warriors and warlords for thousands of years. Basically building a gap so great that there is no turning back.
When applied to business, as a manager you have the obligation to find a way for the organization to sustain what you have tried to achieve. Your leadership and willpower can not assume, that it will be there forever.
You almost have to honour the work you and the team have done by also coming up with a method to lock it in.
There are multiple ways to achieve this, and the good old-fashioned brainstorming and prioritization tools will help you do that. From the list of ideas…. A 6M chart (Ishikawa or Fishbone) will help you to generate them (Man, Machine, Material, Measurement, Method, Mother Nature). Then you can prioritize them by Impact and Effort.
Remember the question you need to ask:
“How can we make it almost impossible to revert back the change?”
You can think along the lines of hiring or firing, moving, change policies, eliminate or buy something, sign a very strong contract, make it “uncool” to do the old way and anything else. Go creative and burn that bridge!
Challenge me, give me a change problem, and will come back with ideas…. Put it in comments. Or drop me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy the ride and deliver results!