Overcoming the challenge of organisational change: Tips to succeed

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Embracing change can be a daunting journey for most individuals, yet it often acts as a powerful catalyst for personal development, propelling individuals beyond their comfort zones and into the realm of opportunity. To adapt to new roles or environments, individuals must cultivate a mindset of flexibility, resilience, and a thirst for the unknown. Change, with its optimistic undertones, paves the way for favourable outcomes, offering a transformative pathway in various aspects of life - be it career shifts, relocations, or switching essential service providers like banks or broadband connections. These transitions harbour the potential to bring forth significant and positive changes in an individual's life journey. But how does change impact organisations?


Organisational change


When the concept of change is applied to the framework of organisational transformation, the stakes and scale of impact increase exponentially. Organisational change, while holding the promise of growth, often faces resistance deeply rooted in established cultures and processes. Despite the obstacles, organisations demonstrate resilience in navigating through complexities. Key elements such as strategic planning, transparent communication, and collaborative efforts play a crucial role in facilitating smooth transitions. Resistance, though a natural occurrence, ignites constructive dialogue and sparks innovation. Overcoming challenges like budget constraints and bureaucratic hurdles requires a blend of creative problem-solving and perseverance. Embracing change not only fosters adaptability but also strengthens organisational resilience, propelling organisations towards greater efficiency and sustainability.


Striving for customer-centricity


In many organisations, transitioning towards a more customer-centric approach is a necessary but complex endeavour. This shift requires a fundamental change in how the organisation perceives and interacts with its customers, as well as how services are delivered. Resistance to change may surface within the organisation, with some stakeholders expressing doubts based on past experiences or the perceived difficulty of the task at hand. However, persuading these stakeholders to embrace the challenge of change is crucial for successful transformation.


Resistance to change can result in inflexibility, hindering the ability to adapt to the ever-changing needs of customers. This can lead to internal teams losing focus, with one team prioritising customer-centric approaches while the other emphasises operational excellence. As a result, the services provided may lack consistency and fail to effectively meet the needs of customers.


Dealing with the challenge of organisational change


To effectively tackle the challenge of change, it is essential to start with a clear and compelling customer experience vision for the future. This vision should be deeply rooted in understanding the needs of customers, resonating with stakeholders, and gaining top-level support. Indeed, research by McKinsey reveals that organisations are 5.8 times more likely to succeed in their transformations when CEOs effectively communicate a compelling narrative and rationale for change.


It is also important to think like a designer. Approaching change with a designer's mindset can help you truly grasp the needs of customers and collaborate with teams to explore unconventional solutions. This involves innovating new ways to address customer challenges and creatively overcoming internal obstacles to change.


Next, establishing the right environment for transformation is key. Change demands a significant amount of both emotional and physical energy and resilience. Cultivating a supportive and collaborative atmosphere that values and involves everyone is crucial. Additionally, tracking progress, setting clear milestones, and creating opportunities to celebrate both major achievements and small victories are equally vital.


Service design is a creative and collaborative practice that determines precisely how an existing service should be improved or how a new technology or product should be delivered as a service, commercially and at scale. It offers a structured approach to organisational change, tackling challenges through a user-centred, holistic, and strategic methodology. 


The challenge of change is one of the seven key challenges in our book, "Customer-Driven Transformation." To learn more about how service design can be used to address these challenges, please download a preview or check out our accompanying podcast, "Customer Experience Design."

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