There was a time when change was considered like instability and to be avoided at all cost, remember the old saying: “ If it ain’t broke don’t fix it ”. In the eighties, studies of Japanese manufacturers by Deming created a new trend. The concepts of lean manufacturing and continuous improvement showed us that change has become a necessary evil. Today, change is an opportunity to improve and use the logic of profitability, followed by any business.

 

A phase of imbalance towards to a better future

Any changes will automatically generate a phase of imbalance. This imbalance can lead to reluctance, especially when people are not consulted, informed and managed diligently. We must also take into consideration people’s habits and body memory, which is the most powerful.

 

Joannie Rochette

 

  
 
During a visit to a French Canadian TV show on November 13th 2011, Joannie Rochette relates her experience of the body’s memory that allowed her to make her performance at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Game. We all remember the tragic death of Joannie’s mother and her bronze medal just days after. Joannie does not remember skating that day, but her body did what it had to do. It remembered.

 

 

 

Consultation and clear objectives will rally the troops to go through any changes

Before you even think that a change would be beneficial, you must first clearly define the company objective. Once this step is done, then it is possible to identify opportunities to improve. A multidisciplinary team, without formal hierarchy, will allow your colleagues and staff to assist you in this quest. People who work on the floor are able to identify the loss of values and offer you solutions to solve them. Subsequently, the evaluation of these solutions and the ultimate choice should also be done as a team. Finally, planning, implementation, control and adjustments may be made by managers in collaboration with employees. The goal is to bring change while reducing the reluctance to make your company grow. Effective communication and mutual respect will help you to reach your goal.

 

 

Caroline Cholette, M.B.A
Director of Business Development
JBM Logic

 

References :

” La résistance au changement : synthèse et critique des écrits ”
Article produced by Céline BAREIL, Associate Professor, Department of Management, HEC Montreal.
Article # 04-10 – August 2004

Radio-Canada :
http://www.radio­canada.ca/emissions/tout_le_monde_en_parle/saison8/document.asp?idDoc=185062

Joannie Rochette :
http://joannierochette.ca/accueil/

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