Organizations can’t register any impressive improvement if they solely depend on their traditional ways of doing things. We are living in a dynamic world thus calling for institutions to adopt the best practice which will help them to keep abreast with the needs of their clients. However, change is not easy to implement despite many organizations talking about it. There are myriad of challenges in embracing change management since it comes with its consequences. The discussion in this paper will focus on change management, initiative and creativity.
As a supervisor, it’s important to ensure smooth transition during change management otherwise it will be rejected. Most people naturally like to maintain the status quo. To break this chain, it’s paramount to recognize the need to change. At this point, as a supervisor, I will start by creating the urge to change within the entire organization. As a supervisor, I will follow a few steps as stipulated below.
- I will create a picture of how better it will be when the desired changes are embraced. By doing so, this will be the base point of creating the urge for change to workers within the organization
- I will involve all stake holders so that they can buy the ideas. This will be achieved through consulted effort whereby the people will be involved to air their ideas and opinions. This creates ownership which will be paramount during the implementation stage.
- Looking for possible alternatives and choosing the best. In change management, there will definitely be various methods that can be employed to achieve the desired results. It is therefore important to choose the best alternative that will deliver the desired outcome.
- Ensure everybody has a clear understanding how changes will be done. This will help to avoid bottlenecks during the implementation stage.
- Implementation. For any change to achieve tangible results, the agreed course of action will be implemented and analysis done during this stage to determine whether the plan is working as planned. It’s important to mention at this stage that it works well when one starts with quick gains from course of action chosen. This will instill confidence and create an urge to embrace more changes. However, when change management is not carried out in the right way, people might feel they are not achieving any tangible benefit and resort in doing things the old ways.
The main difference between initiative and creativity lies on measurability. Creativity deals with unleashing of potential new ways of doing things whereas innovation is quite measurable. For example an individual can come up with creative ways of saving time whereas when the ideas are converted into actionable process, which will be the new innovation.
For a supervisor to foster change and innovation within an organization through culture, it is important to ensure he recognizes and appreciates any new innovation by team member. By doing so, the people being recognized through their effort will work harder to ensure their innovation is implemented and this can provide momentum towards change management. Organizations should encourage workers to always come up with new ways of doing things and by doing so, implementing change in an organization becomes very easy.
In a nutshell, it is important to implement change in stages to avoid resistance. Notably, involving stakeholders minimizes the change plan being resisted and leads to a smooth transition towards change management.