Change has never been easy, let alone promoting company internal reforms, which will be a long and arduous process. Fortunately, there are experts who have made the changes smoother based on these six principles.
If you are or have ever tried to change an aspect of your company, you may confront with questions that inevitably arise from such an effort: Why is it so hard to get anything done here? What is the best way to collaborate with my peers? Why is my organization afraid to take risks?
At Fortune’s Brainstorm Design conference in Singapore earlier this month, Maria Giudice, spoke about the difficulties faced by a corporate change-maker. Maria Giudice is a design leader and co-author of Rise of the DEO: Leadership by Design. In her previous role at Autodesk, Giudice was tasked with shifting her company from being tech-centric to human-centric.
In the conference, Giudice offered attendees six lessons based on her working experience:
1 Silos are sometimes necessary (a natural forming process too) in big companies, but they create fiefdoms.
When a company is set up so that different departments are in competition with each other, it is detrimental to business. We need to build a coalition of like-minded people within the company and make change happen together.
*Just as literally, silo isolates the grain; the silos in the organization separate different departments, and it is the department that brings together people with common tasks and goals.
2 Executive support is a must-have.
There will be those that feel threatened by your changes, it is important to have management executive to support you at this period.
3 Align your work of reformation to customer needs.
If you align your ideas with customer data and business goals, it’s harder for people to discredit them.
4 Work of execution
Some stakeholders get stuck at the present and wish to have everything now. Others just always eye on future and never deliver. Thurs, it is crucial to develop a clear path to execute and work to milestones. Achieve small wins to see big change.
5 To understand that you can’t win all the time.
Some multidisciplinary teams have people with very strong opinions. Please do not object them instantly, you may try it their way first. Then, it’s your turn if it fails.
6 Stay true to yourself.
“Fake it till you make it” is misguided advice. It’s not fun to pretend at work. You should have nothing to hide and embrace your authenticity.