• Communication: informing who is affected and impacted by change
• Sponsorship: senior executive sponsorship (ES) for the change initiative
• Stakeholder management: gaining buy-in from those impacted either directly or indirectly
• Readiness: the degree to which stakeholders are ready for the change initiative
• Training: providing an appropriate level of training to those impacted by the change initiative
Each pillar contains four to eight factors that affect an organization's readiness to manage change.
The importance of an executive sponsor
The survey found that
the use of an executive sponsor is
strongly statistically correlated with an institution’s measure of readiness for OCM.
However, in this sample, only 22 percent of institutions always identify an ES for a change initiative
1) providing clear direction for the project and how it links with the organization’s overall strategy;
2) securing project resources;
3) ensuring the project is on time, on budget, and on scope;
4) providing feedback on status reports and making sure they reach the necessary stakeholders;
5) championing the project at the executive level to secure buy-in.
Learn more about the various approaches and cultures of change in the report.
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