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Dealing With Change

Closing down divisions and laying people off is an inevitable part of an economic downturn. The construction industry continues to feel these effects. How do  we best manage the difficult choices we have to make and the impact these decisions have? Organizational belt-tightening affects morale. Reduced benefits,  loss of overtime, cutbacks in expenses are  stress factors that when left unattended invade the system and can result in low positivity and productivity. How do we keep the momentum moving forward?

A key aspect is the ability to manage change. Life is ever-changing and full of uncertainty. Becoming comfortable with uncertainty allows for a greater capacity to accept change. John Kotter, Harvard professor and author, is regarded as an authority on change. His 8 Step Change Model  deals with a practical, systematic approach to understanding and implementing change. Mr. Kotters’ novel “Our Iceberg Is Melting” is a best-selling fable addressing the process of recognizing, accepting, and facing change.

Key points to managing change:

  • Create a Sense of Urgency
  • Create a Powerful Coalition
  • Create a Vision
  • Communicate the Vision
  • Remove Obstacles
  • Create Short Term Wins
  • Build on the Change
  • Anchor the Change in Your Culture


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