Organization development is about the activities engaged in by stakeholders in order to build and maintain the health of an organization as a total system. When a business is under going changes the following occur:
- Additional stress is placed on the organization and culture;
- An increased focus on social, human and group dynamics where what was considered normal is no longer;
- An atmosphere of collaboration and facilitation is often missing;
- Stakeholders are no longer engaged in solving the issues throughout the process;
- The focus is frequently not on a “win-win” outcome.
Resistance to change may be negative, disruptive or constructive. To ensure you are doing the best you can to rise above the potential negative implications of change try the following:
- Becoming aware of personal biases.
- Improved communication – that works up down, backwards, and forwards.
- Staying the course in a change process and seeing it through – it is called “grit”.
- Suggest options that serve the process.
- Work collaboratively and cooperatively as a team. Team is what it took and still takes to have it all come together. Without teams the accomplishment factor dwindles considerably.
Marie-Helene Sakowski – Business Change & Transition – firstname.lastname@example.org