Sometimes change is externally initiated. A forest fire is can be a disastrous change, but the ecosystem has mechanisms to deal with that kind of change and it recovers over time. In the business world the appearance of a disruptive change can mean the demise of an organization that cannot readily adapt to the change.
Developing adaptive change control mechanisms will mitigate the risk of both internal and external changes.
There’s no easy answer to change risk-management. You have to understand your organization, its goals, and its culture to assess what rate and volume of change it can absorb.
While looking for risk think about the following:
Preparing your company for continuous change is one of the things you can do to reduce the risk of change. Putting mechanisms in place to respond positively to change and take advantage of it will give your business a better chance of survival in a world that is constantly changing.
Knowing the organizational “organism” and using your best judgment on what rate of change can be absorbed is the best way to keep your company from becoming extinct.
Formerly with B2B CFO, Mike Sheuerman is now an independent consultant with more than 25 years experience in strategic business planning and implementation. He can be reached at [email protected].