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Change Management: it never pays to cut corners

One of the most common definitions of corporate culture is, “It’s the way we do things around here.” When delivering effective and successful organisational change, often “the way things are done” changes too.

Introducing changes to the culture within a large organisation requires more than experienced project managers, a foolproof project plan and the addition of change management resources. It requires a holistic approach – one that is based on a solid strategy and brings together a team of practitioners that includes positive influencers and focused change agents.

It is well documented that project-based change initiatives enjoy the increased likelihood of success when project management and change management work hand-in-hand. In 2008 at the PMI Global Conference in Denver, Colarado Jeff Hiatt from Prosci presented the results of the global survey of 428 companies. The analysis of the survey results concluded that projects applying effective change management are five times more likely to meet the project objectives.

This is a statistic that large organisations should ignore at their peril. It is also a compelling argument to ensure that when projects are planned, change management resources in the form of managers and communicators who understand the engagement process are carefully selected and matched to the requirements of the project.

Eight years ago, Helen Haley identified an opportunity to help organisations access the most experienced change management practitioners – both temporary and permanent – to build competency, provide specialist advice and ensure projects fulfilled their change objectives.

Allegra Consulting partners with its clients to clearly identify their change management resource needs and then draws on a network of qualified, experienced change professionals to fill that requirement. But it’s our holistic approach that we like to think sets us apart. Our service doesn’t begin and end with the provision of resources, it is an ongoing relationship and a continuing investment in our clients’ success.

Machiavelli once said: “There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things”, but at Allegra Consulting, we think otherwise!

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