The longer a transformation stays idle, the harder it is to get going again.
Stopping part-way through squanders the groundwork already invested. It denies opportunities anticipated in the original plan. Stopping also reduces the chances for success in the next change project.
Regaining momentum requires a concerted effort. Missteps reinforce resistance, retrenchment, and the negativity that may have already put the project in park. The way forward needs to be clearly and universally communicated until traction is assured.
We get things moving again, either advising from the sidelines or in a front-line role. We have several prior instances to draw upon, including changes in presentation and formats, substantial shifts in workplaces and workflows, and implementing new operating priorities.
We begin with where things stand without dwelling on ‘what went wrong’. Instead, we focus on practical steps forward.
- Resumption of transformation in a way that will sustain over time
- Step-by-step advice or direct project management, as situations warrant
- 3 – 12 months
- High degree of variability, influenced by the project
scopeand by emerging circumstances