Updated: Feb 20
“Unless the change programme is continually aligned to the organisation’s capacity it will be unable to deliver speedy benefits or value to the organisation”
👏 Happy Friday!
On this day in 1843, American inventor Charles Thurber received a patent (3228) for the first practical typewriter. It reminded me of a change management training moment when the consultant talked about having to lock up the typewriter so that the employees would use the new more efficient word processors!
This week, in my discussions following a mastermind session, I learnt more about employees wanting to be digital nomads working where they please. We are now living in a time where how we work, live, and socialise is changing both quickly and radically. Organisations need to be continually changing and that prompts me to mention organisation change capacity. I have worked for major global organisations, and they have tried to implement ten to twenty transformation programmes at the same time. So how much capacity does an organisation have to implement change and continue normal day-to-day operations?
✅ An organisation’s capacity can be defined as its total ability to deliver normal day-to-day operations and change activities. Organisation Change Capacity.
👉 If the organisation does not have change capacity, it is unlikely the employees will be able to take on any extra workload. Getting this balance right can mean the difference between successfully delivering both. Capacity and workload are serious considerations. Not only should the organisation have a strategic planning process, the output in terms of available capacity should be an important input factor to change sponsors and their teams when planning their change programmes.
There are typically four key organisational capacity components:
Normal Day-to-Day Operations
Unplanned Work or Rework
Mandatory Change Capacity
Strategic Change Capacity
Have a fantastic weekend with the ones you love, enjoy some fresh air, exercise, eat, drink and be happy!
Further Reading: Change Management Handbook - Leadership of Change Volume 3
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Peter F Gallagher is a Change Management Global Thought Leader, Guru, Expert, International Speaker, Author and Leadership Alignment Coach.
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