What everyone gets wrong about change management

What everyone gets wrong about change management

Three quarters of change efforts flop. Poor execution is only partly to blame

47 readers like this


March 12, 2018
CIO Six Ways to Sink a Growth Initiative

When corporate transformations fail, people are quick to point a finger at poor execution as the culprit. But in today’s fast-paced digital era, that blame is often misguided, say the authors of a recent HBR article, N. Anand and Jean-Louis Barsoux. “Often organizations pursue the wrong changes – especially in complex and fast-moving environments, where decisions about what to transform in order to remain competitive can be hasty,” they write.  

Anand and Barsoux studied 62 corporate transformations over the course of four years. They found that  successful change management requires leaders to examine and align three critical factors: the catalyst for transformation, the organization’s underlying quest, and the leadership capabilities needed to see it through.

In this article, they dive deep into these three elements, including the five most common types of quests that organization pursue. Based on their observations of stalled transformations, Anand and Barsoux also reveal the common pitfalls that can reduce your odds of achieving lasting change. Get the full article.

Want more wisdom like this, IT leaders? Sign up for our weekly email newsletter.


Comments 0
Carla Rudder is a writer and content manager on The Enterprisers Project.

Harvard Business Review: IT Talent Crisis: Proven Advice from CIOs and HR Leaders

CIOs: We welcome you to join the conversation

Related Topics

Submitted By Carla Rudder
June 21, 2018

Can you end meeting dread by having stand-up meetings? IT leaders say it's not as hard as you'd think - and delivers big benefits.


Submitted By Robert Reeves
June 21, 2018

IT leaders tend to focus on "minimum," while business leaders focus on "viable." Here's how to stop miscommunication from ruining your transformation efforts.


Submitted By James Swanson
June 20, 2018

James Swanson shares two keys to rethinking IT to help drive digital transformation: Talent and brainstorming. 


Email Capture

Keep up with the latest thoughts, strategies, and insights from CIOs & IT leaders.