Change Management – Important Questions

Our Egyptian culture by nature is anti-change, not to mention man’s general fear of change. You can get the image on how important change management is. Do not get me wrong, change when necessary is a must; but a necessity should not distract your management from the correct course of action to implement and manage the change in your business.

Here are 8 Questions you need to answer to implement a successful change management:

1. Q 1: What is wrong with the status quo?

To be on the right page here, you need to understand that change in itself is not the reason behind it. In other words, you “Change” because there is a problem with the current status. Therefore, the first step is to identify your problem. After all, when it comes to management you do not want to subject your business (both as its manager and its owner) to unnecessary inconvenience, unless you are sure that change is the only way to achieve your objectives.

2. Q 2: Do others agree with you?

As a manager, answering the previous question will help you by directing your team toward change. As we previously mentioned Egyptians by nature are against change; so in the most likelihood they do not see the reasons why your management is pro-change; and accordingly, there is no need for change. Therefore, management requires that you validate your managerial decision using examples and statistics. management needs you to evaluate the perception of your employees of your vision. After all you, no change can take place, unless people feel the need to change.

3. Q 3: Have you selected people from all levels to implement this change?

To obtain the best results, you need to involve people from different levels to implement change. You may have the authority to initiate the change process as a manager or a business owner. However, you need the insight of professionals and specialized employees in order to succeed. Not only involving people from different levels will provide you with insights about the feasibility of your plan; they will also help you transfer your vision to lower managerial levels in your organization assuring that all your staff is on board for the project.

4. Q 4: Do you have a plan to remedy the situation?

It in the culture of management that employees are always looking up to the “Boss” and taking his lead, specially that at the current time Egyptian employees are not familiar with styles of management where they are required to take the initiative. So as a manager you need to come up with an action plan. While crafting this plan make sure it is flexible enough to adapt easily to unforeseen issues.

5. Q 5: Are others on board?

The following step after you have got everything you need to implement your plan set and ready is to put on your manager thinking cap and dedicate a team or department meeting to explain the problem and the need for change. As your crew’s manager you need to make sure that all your team is on the same page as you by assuring that everyone knows what he is doing, why, and to what end.

6. Q 6: Have you identified obstacles and sources of resistance?

Organizing and planning your change implementation, does not mean that you are not going to meet any setbacks. Therefore, a backup plan is an essential component for any change management. Especially, because Egyptians have the tendency to avoid being honest with higher managerial levels due to their belief that it is not good to disagree with the manager. So it is very likely that you will meet some resistance from certain members from your team, and your change management needs to be ready to deal with those members.

7. Q 7: Do you have demonstrable backing to support your change?

You do not want doubting and skeptical members inside your team. Most certainly, you will collide with employees who doubt your vision and the accuracy of your decisions. Being a manager does not protect you from these doubts, so be ready to demonstrate the validity and certainty of your actions.

8. Q 8: Do you have a time frame, a budget, the people necessary to help you and other resources?

Now, it is time to get your Management checklist, the past 7 questions measure your ability to manage change, but you need to check other non-managerial elements. You need to know if your management has the time fame, the budget, and the human resources to help you through your change implementation.