Transformation is not a function of circumstance. It is a consequence of conscious choice, discipline and well managed, rapid action.
Successful transformation is a process of buildup followed by breakthrough, broken into three broad stages: disciplined people, disciplined thought and disciplined work.
The ability to simultaneously understand the business environment and your operational constraints and combine these into a timely change or transformation is critical.
Organisations often don’t have the internal resource to effect change and seek external support with variable results. Many executives are now wary of ‘plug and play’ and ’land and expand’ approaches.
You require someone who will collaborate with you, share your agenda and constructively challenge you to make things happen.
You need someone to:
Create clarity around the objectives, business case and programme blueprint. Anticipate risks and identify how you will address them. Build a high-performing team and agree how they will work together.
Match resource with the needs of the project. Make it sustainable with clear role definitions and competencies. Combine external support on an ‘as required’ basis to make effective use of expertise and experience.
Review progress; make sure lessons are learned, revise plans; continuously energise. Learn from successes and failures of past programmes. Achieve deadlines whilst addressing new challenges rapidly.