The leader's guide to education for change managementApr 04, 2023
Change can be hard to manage, especially when it involves multiple people and groups. However, if you want to ensure a successful transition into the new change, it’s important that you educate your team on the behaviors, skills, knowledge, and abilities necessary for success. To help make this process easier and smoother, let’s look at how you can best prepare leaders, teams and specific employees for successful change management.
As the change manager or leader in charge of managing the transition, it is important that you partner closely with all the supporting roles (communications, IT, project leads etc.) to deploy an effective education plan. Models such as REFRAME Change Management Model promotes a leader-led approach to education through train-the-trainer and mentor opportunities. This means that leaders are expected to attend leadership education sessions so they can commit to new behaviors and demonstrate their commitment to the change.
You should also prepare your team(s) and individual employees for any upcoming education experiences they will have by coaching them along the way. Showing support and advocacy for the change is just as important as educating them on it. That’s why it’s important that you attend, facilitate, and participate in any related sessions so your team knows that you are invested in their growth.
It is essential that everyone involved in the change management process understands its importance so they will be more likely to embrace it with enthusiasm rather than fear or resistance. By creating an atmosphere of collaboration where everyone feels heard and supported during this transition period will set up your organization up for success long after the initial changes occur.
Change can be a difficult process but with proper preparation for leaders, teams, and individual employees alike, it does not have to be overwhelming or anxiety-inducing. By creating an environment of collaboration where everyone feels heard and supported during this transition period will set up your organization up for success long after the initial changes occur. Educating everyone involved on their role in making this change a success should be one of your top priorities during any major transformation effort!
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