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Change Management

Five basic principles, and how to apply them

Change management is a basic skill in which most leaders and managers need to be competent. There are very few working working environments where change management is not important.

This article takes a look at the basic principles of change management, and provides some tips on how those principles can be applied.

When leaders or managers are planning to manage change, there are five key principles that need to be kept in mind:

  1. Different people react differently to change
  2. Everyone has fundamental needs that have to be met
  3. Change often involves a loss, and people go through the "loss curve"
  4. Expectations need to be managed realistically
  5. Fears have to be dealt with
Here are some tips to apply the above principles when managing change: Where you are embarking on a large change programmes, you should treat it as a project. That means you apply all the rigours of project management to the change process - producing plans, allocating resources, appointing a steering board and/or project sponsor etc.. The five principles above should form part of the project objectives.

On the second page of this article, you can read an expanded description of each of the five principles.

Change Management part 2


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