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Change Management Best Practices for Maximum Adoption

Change Management Best Practices for Maximum Adoption

GUEST POST from Art Inteligencia

Change is inevitable but so often dreaded in the workplace. A successful transition requires planning and execution, and the ability to adapt quickly to those changes. Change management involves planning around a change to ensure its successful adoption. A well thought out and properly planned change management strategy can help ensure a successful and cost-effective transition to a new process or system.

First and foremost, it is important to manage expectations. Make sure people understand how the change will impact them, and how they can benefit from the change. It is essential to address any perception the stakeholders may have about the potential outcomes. Hopefully, they will all become supporters of the change and get on board with the goal.

Once expectations are managed, it is important to strive for maximum adoption of the change. This means understanding the people impacted by the change and their likely reaction. It’s tempting for leaders to rush the adoption but patience is necessary. Here are a few best practices to ensure change is adopted quickly and easily:

1. Start with communication

When introducing a change, communicate the “why” of the change. Explain why it is necessary, what the expected benefits are, and how it will help the organization succeed. This will help employees to understand the importance of the change and motivate them to get on board.

2. Involve the impacted stakeholders

It’s always helpful to involve those who will be impacted by the change from the beginning. Involving the impacted team in the change planning will encourage them to take ownership and help drive the adoption. They can provide good insight on potential pitfalls and how best to roll out the change.

3. Provide training

Good training can make the transition to the new process, system, or way of working much easier. Provide training before the change is rolled out to ensure everyone is on the same page. This will minimize confusion and eliminate any skepticism in the employees.

4. Have a plan

Effective change management involves having a solid plan for roll-out and clearly defined goals. Implementing a well-thought-out plan means not having to go back and re-do things as you roll out the change. A plan will help make sure everybody is in sync and on the same page.

5. Monitor progress

Monitor the progress of adoption and measure the impact of the change. This will allow you to make any necessary changes or adjust any existing plans. Monitoring progress is essential for ensuring a successful transition and adoption of the change.

There are many different approaches to change management, depending on the situation and what is needed for successful adoption. However, these best practices can be applied to most changes and greatly increase the likelihood of success.

To illustrate this, here are two examples of successful change management.

Case Study #1

A large manufacturing firm needed to replace their legacy accounting system with a new automated system. The company first involved stakeholders in the change planning process and held a series of workshops to ensure everyone understood the needs of the change. Training was provided to the stakeholders involved in the transition and a detailed plan was put in place outlining the steps to implementation. As the project moved ahead, progress was regularly monitored and feedback was sought from employees. The project was completed successfully with minimum disruption to business processes and no unplanned hiccups.

Case Study #2

A mid-sized consulting firm needed to change their customer relationship management (CRM) software. They went the extra mile and identified all key stakeholders in the transition process and clearly outlined the “why” of the change. They also created a timeline for the project to ensure all actions were taken in the right order. They provided extensive training and allowed employees time to get familiar with the new system before implementing it. The project was completed ahead of schedule and the transition was smooth, resulting in increased customer satisfaction.


Change can be a difficult transition, but by following the change management best practices outlined here, you can ensure maximum adoption of the change and successful transition to the new process or system. From communication and involvement of stakeholders, to monitoring progress, these are just a few practical change management best practices that can help you manage successful transitions.

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Overcoming Resistance to Change in Designing for Disruption

Effective change management strategies to address resistance and encourage adoption of disruptive ideas

Overcoming Resistance to Change in Designing for Disruption

GUEST POST from Art Inteligencia

In today’s fast-paced business environment, organizations that fail to adapt to change risk falling behind the competition. Designing for disruption requires a forward-thinking approach that challenges the status quo and embraces innovative ideas. However, implementing disruptive strategies can often be met with resistance from employees who are comfortable with the way things have always been done. In this thought leadership article, we will explore effective change management strategies to address resistance and encourage adoption of disruptive ideas, using two case studies to illustrate how organizations can successfully navigate the challenges of change.

Case Study 1: Uber

One of the most disruptive companies in recent years, Uber revolutionized the transportation industry by introducing a technology-driven platform that connects riders with drivers. However, implementing this disruptive idea was not without its challenges. Taxi drivers and traditional transportation companies vehemently opposed Uber’s entry into the market, leading to regulatory battles and public protests.

To overcome resistance, Uber employed effective change management strategies that focused on communication, collaboration, and empathy. The company engaged in open dialogue with stakeholders, including government officials, to address concerns and find common ground. Uber also invested in training programs to educate drivers on the benefits of the platform and provided support to help them adapt to the changing landscape.

By taking a proactive approach to managing resistance, Uber was able to successfully navigate the challenges of change and establish itself as a disruptor in the transportation industry.

Case Study 2: Airbnb

Another example of a disruptive company, Airbnb transformed the hospitality industry by offering homeowners the opportunity to rent out their properties to travelers. Despite its innovative business model, Airbnb faced resistance from traditional hotels and regulatory agencies that viewed the company as a threat to their business.

To address resistance, Airbnb implemented a series of change management strategies that focused on education, transparency, and collaboration. The company launched a public relations campaign to educate the public about the benefits of the sharing economy and worked with regulators to create policies that balanced the needs of both hosts and guests.

By building relationships with stakeholders and demonstrating the value of its platform, Airbnb was able to overcome resistance and establish itself as a disruptor in the hospitality industry.


Designing for disruption requires a proactive approach to managing resistance and encouraging adoption of innovative ideas. By implementing effective change management strategies, companies can address concerns, build trust, and inspire employees to embrace change. Through open communication, collaboration, and empathy, organizations can successfully navigate the challenges of disruption and position themselves as industry leaders. As Uber and Airbnb have demonstrated, overcoming resistance is possible with the right approach and a commitment to driving positive change. By adopting these strategies, organizations can design for disruption and thrive in an ever-changing business landscape.

Bottom line: Futurists are not fortune tellers. They use a formal approach to achieve their outcomes, but a methodology and tools like those in FutureHacking™ can empower anyone to be their own futurist.

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The Adopted Child of Innovation

The Adopted Child of InnovationInnovation is everywhere. Or at least the word is. CEOs talk about innovation, every technology company claims to be innovative (or to want innovative employees) and now we’re even seeing advertisements on television talk about innovation. Even Nissan, which has had innovation in their tagline for two years now, has decided to change their tagline from “Innovation for All” to something new “Innovation that Excites.” Okay, it still has innovation in it. But, the fact that they decided to move from innovation being something that is democratic, to something that is exciting, is an interesting shift. Maybe now that everybody is claiming to be innovative they felt the need to say, “No, our innovations aren’t like everyone else’s, our innovations are exciting!”

Because people talk about innovation so much, and misuse the term so frequently, I think it is important to reiterate my definition of innovation and talk a bit about the differences between invention and innovation and the differences between innovation and improvement. My definition of innovation is:

Innovation transforms the useful seeds of invention into solutions valued above every existing alternative – and achieves wide adoption.”

Adoption is of course key to something moving from being an invention to innovation, but then so of course is the threshold that something is valued above every existing alternative, and as a result isn’t just merely useful – but valuable. Crossing this threshold means that people willingly replace their existing solution. Crossing this threshold is what solidifies your solution as a true innovation. And that’s the point.

Improvement versus Replacement

All companies must focus on improving their existing solutions. But at the same time they must also constantly be on guard against other ways of potentially solving the same customer problem or fulfilling the same customer need. Six Sigma does a great job at fulfilling the mission of improvement and at helping to achieve operational excellence. But while an organization must be ruthless in their pursuit of perfection, or the amount of perfection that their customers are willing to pay for and that they can make profitably, organizations must also make a commitment to the pursuit of innovation excellence. The reason companies must strike a balance between the pursuit of improvement and replacement is that sooner or later something will become possible that wasn’t possible before – due to changes in technology AND customer psychological readiness for change – creating an opening for replacement. Really good value translation (and education) can help accelerate that customer readiness, but launching before both conditions exist can lead to financial ruin. When replacement does become inevitable, the only question is whether you will continue to focus on improvement and be replaced, or whether you will have the courage to replace your own solution with a new one…

Is there any innovation here to excite?

For fun you might want to check out one of the latest Nissan advertisements from the United Kingdom for the Nissan Juke that I’ve embedded below. Is the car itself innovative? No. Is the advertisement innovative? No. But it is creative. Is there any innovation in the product at all? Well, that depends. It depends on whether there are any new components that don’t just merely improve their performance but instead completely replace the traditional approaches to solving the targeted problem or performing the job-to-be-done. What do you think, true or false?

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