Change Management includes all actions with the aim to change the behaviors of people and organizations. One essential element of change management is to install the necessary elements to sustain the change. However, the most difficult part is to make the first step, thus to recognize the need for a change.
An important starting point is to clarify what constitutes a change for the organization in order to target at the key issues that you want to manage. Then, an effective change management involves people to participate and support the change; to acquire knowledge of how to change and what the change looks like; to have the ability to implement the change on a day-to-day basis; and finally to keep the change in place.
For the shipping industry, management of change or change management refers to a broad spectrum of changes within a company or onboard a ship, and the company’s policy and procedures for approving, implementing and monitoring the progress of these changes.
All management of change processes includes levels of authorisation, duties and responsibilities; this must be determined for each proposed change. Careful monitoring and reporting, relevant to the significance of the change must also be carried out to see if the progress and targets set are being met, and if necessary revised.
The following infographic illustrates 30 key ways for a successfully leading change such as:
1. Have a clear vision
2. Look at the change from all perspectives
3. Convince your team of the need for change
4. Achieve and recognize quick wins for motivation
5. Invest time in understanding possible barriers
6. Use all possible channels of communication
7. Assess all possible risk before beginning
The infographic is courtesy of Piktochart