A Human Approach to Transformation

Text by Camilla Serpa, Formation

Have you ever felt the excitement of a fresh start, only to find yourself overwhelmed by the challenges of making it happen? Whether it's committing to a new diet, embracing a fitness routine, or embarking on a personal growth journey, change is hard. Now, imagine the scale of transforming an entire organization. It's daunting, to say the least.

In today's fast-paced world, organizations must evolve to stay relevant and competitive. Yet, studies show that over 70% of transformation efforts fail. Why? The reasons are many – from limited resources and financial constraints to a lack of leadership support and resistance to change. But amidst these challenges, we often overlook a crucial factor: people.

Think about it – every organization is composed of individuals, each with their own hopes, fears, and aspirations. Just as you've struggled with change in your personal life, so too must organizations navigate the human element when transforming.

So, how can you kickstart this journey of change within your organization? Here are  [TC1] 3 actions we know from our own experience can get you started:

  1. Find your allies: Every organization has those individuals driven by innovation and the desire to make a difference. Seek out these changemakers – they could be your manager, peers, or even someone new to the team. They exist in every corner; you just need to connect with them. Together, you can amplify your efforts and foster a culture of change.
  2. Craft a compelling story: Behind every successful transformation lies a compelling narrative. Your "why" is the heartbeat of your journey – make it resonate with others on a deeply human level. Instead of drowning in a sea of statistics and figures, paint a vivid picture of how this change will positively impact people's lives. When others understand and empathize with your story, they're more likely to join you on the journey.
  3. Start small and dream big: Begin by identifying an 'ignite project' – a small-scale initiative where you can test the waters in a controlled environment. Surround yourself with trusted allies, and together, pave the way for success. As you demonstrate tangible progress, share your success story far and wide, inspiring others to follow suit.

So, what are you waiting for? Remember, even the smallest change can spark a ripple effect of positivity and progress. One step at a time.