To change is human
When we manage change within our personal life we automatically manage it in a way that is achievable and realistic, sometimes without even thinking about it.
We would never plan a big wedding only 2 weeks after the engagement, we would never buy a house that we cannot afford and move in if it was not ready.We manage these changes with ease (sometimes) and planning to ensure maximum success, minimum stress and very little upheaval if we can help it.
Of course along the way things happen to affect the management, sometimes wedding plans change, houses fall through, babies arrive early, but if you have the plans in place then you are normally ready to deal with the bumps in the road.
The same principles HAVE TO be applied to managing change within a business, no matter how big the change and how big the business.
In business it is vital to remember that the members of your team can't just drop everything and 'change', or learn new skills, just because you have decided change is necessary, even if they want to, as they have a whole range of daily tasks in their current working situation.
It is the manager’s job to make the change in the business as obvious, natural and normal as possible demonstrating the success of the change through planning and the team working together.
Read here to see the pattern for successful change.