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01 – Don’t Kill Momentum | Change Management | Principles of Lean


Changing programs can be a daunting task, but building momentum is key to making the transition smoother. By gradually introducing new processes and procedures, employees can adapt at their own pace and feel more comfortable with the changes. Building momentum also helps to establish a sense of purpose and direction, which can motivate employees to stay committed to the new program. Additionally, momentum can help to identify potential roadblocks and challenges early on, allowing for timely adjustments and problem-solving. Overall, building momentum is crucial for a successful transition to a new program.

"Change can only begin when you admit you don't know everything."

At the core of every successful change management initiative lies a pivotal moment—a recognition that there’s room for improvement. This realisation isn’t reserved for the higher echelons of management alone; it reverberates across every layer of an organisation. It signals a readiness to shed old skin and to collectively pioneer new methodologies.

A well-worn adage says, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.” While its cautionary tone has merit, it omits an essential truth—there is always room for refinement. To stagnate is to falter in a world that incessantly advances.

The potency of change can be swiftly nullified when met with resistance such as “No, that’s not feasible” or “We’ve tried that; it was futile.” True, some initiatives falter on their first attempt, but dismissing them without re-evaluation overlooks a fundamental element of the Lean Principles—valuable learning from trial and error.

If you’re at the helm of leadership, it’s incumbent upon you to grant your team the creative liberty to pilot their ideas. Sidestep the impulse to quash their suggestions prematurely. In doing so, you pave the way for learning and may unearth innovative solutions that had previously lain dormant.

The Dynamics of Change Management

The essence of managing change is not to smother it with rigid controls. While it’s essential to be grounded in core principles—the non-negotiables of your organisational ethos—micro-managing every change aspect throttles the creativity and adaptability you seek to foster.

Teams thrive on progress.

They yearn for the sense of accomplishment that comes with each forward stride. Therefore, the role of a leader is to provide direction, support, and enough freedom to maintain momentum.
To build sustainable momentum while maintaining focus, one tactical approach is the “morning huddle” routine—a daily briefing that refocuses the team’s efforts and priorities.

This provides a touchstone for small achievements, paving the way for larger end goals. Learn more about establishing a morning huddle routine.

A change management programme’s lifeblood is momentum—unlocking the potential for transformation by allowing teams to experiment, innovate, and harness the insights from their experiences. By nurturing these small successes, organisations can lay the groundwork for more significant, groundbreaking developments.
Consider for a moment the quick wins a team might achieve through small, incremental adjustments—optimising a process, enhancing a customer relationship, or simply finding a more efficient way to communicate internally. These are the sparks that ignite a culture of continuous improvement.

The trajectory of transformation should not be rooted in grand, sweeping changes alone but should be kindled through smaller victories that accumulate, creating a wave of enthusiasm and encouragement for the entire team.

In Closing

Change is an art form that requires strategic thought and sensitivity to an organisation’s heartbeat. It needs nurturing small ideas and celebrating the quick wins to build toward the larger vision. This is the rhythm of change management—iterative, inclusive, and always driving toward excellence.

For those with the courage to champion change, remember that change management isn’t just about shaking up the status quo; it’s about orchestrating an environment where the slightest improvement is celebrated as a precursor to the phenomenal. It’s about fostering a culture where each team member actively participates in the narrative of progress.

Are you ready to initiate change? Explore our “10 Principles of Change Management” and see how your organisation can flourish by understanding that every evolution begins with a single step.
Don’t just manage change; master it with momentum. Keep your organisation’s heartbeat beating strong through effective change management practices. Remember, change is not a one-time event; it’s an ongoing process that requires continuous nurturing and adaptability.

Embrace the art of change management and pave the way for your organisation to thrive in this ever-evolving world. So keep striving, keep improving, and keep embracing change. The possibilities are endless. Let momentum be your guide.

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Reagan Pannell

Reagan Pannell

Reagan Pannell is a highly accomplished professional with 15 years of experience in building lean management programs for corporate companies. With his expertise in strategy execution, he has established himself as a trusted advisor for numerous organisations seeking to improve their operational efficiency.

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