a2B Change Management Framework® (a2BCMF®) Steps 6: Assess Readiness
Assess readiness is the process of assessing the organisation and its employees prior to change implementation, ensuring that they are ready to start adopting the change.
The purpose of the change readiness assessment, a2BCMF® - Step 6, is to establish if the organisation is ready for the change. Having data and insights from readiness assessments or interviews can help ensure the organisation and employees are prepared for the change. They can identify potential implementation gaps so that corrective actions and plans can be executed to close the gaps and improve change readiness.
The readiness assessment evaluates if the key elements are in place to support change implementation. The ten key elements are typical enablers to support the change implementation by reducing resistance and maximising adoption. They start with ensuring that the employees understand the business case and vision for the change. Finally, they assess if there is a new desired organisational culture to support the change. Change readiness is typically performed using a survey or structured interviews. The likely outcomes will be:
~ Identify Potential Change Implementation Gaps: The assessment will provide data and insights to identify gaps that will impact change adoption and benefits realisation should the change are implemented (organisation and employees).
~ Execute Corrective Actions to Improve Change Readiness: Corrective action and intervention plans should be prepared and executed to close the gaps in the applicable readiness elements.
"Readiness is about ensuring the sponsor and leadership team get the organisation and its employees ready so that resistance is limited and adoption is maximised”
a2B Change Management Framework® (a2BCMF®)
The a2B Change Management Framework® (a2BCMF®) is a structured and disciplined approach to support organisations, leadership teams and individuals going through a change, the transition from the current ‘a’ state to the improved future ‘B’ state. The a2BCMF has three phases and ten key process steps. Each phase provides change strategies, principles, analysis and tactics to move from one phase to the next.
The framework is based on over thirty years of international change experience and brings together leading practice in change, people and programme management. The structured programme approach, processes, techniques and tools focus on overcoming the failures of previous change by incorporating ten key steps and success elements for achieving organisational change. It supports strategic change implementation in terms of context, content and process. The framework is a comprehensive management model that allows executives, managers and change practitioners to successfully deliver and achieve organisational change. It requires a holistic approach and some steps can be performed simultaneously.
Further Reading: Change Management Handbook - Leadership of Change Volume 3
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