Back in 2008 Barack Obama successfully ran for the US Presidency with the campaign slogan “Change we can believe in”. The voters and the people got behind the idea of a change for the better and the first black president swept into power.
So why do organisations struggle with change? Is it that the people are resistant to change or are they resistant to being changed?
When companies engage on a large scale SAP implementation or a roll-out of SAP from a subsidiary to the wider group, change management should be at the heart of the strategy. Humans are evolutionally predisposed to resist change because of the risk associated with it. This means selecting the right people to communicate the message of how and why the benefits outweigh the risk is crucially important.
When I’m approached to recruit change consultants for SAP Programmes there are a number of criteria that I look for and how they are presented for maximum impact. Whilst every role is different there are of course the core skills, experience and expertise that do the trick.
The great English writer Arnold Bennett said: “Any change, even a change for the better is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts”. The quicker they are identified and understood by the employees the easier it will be for them to embrace the change. Excellent change professionals make this happen.
Max Fronicke is a Senior Consultant specialising in the recruitment of SAP Professionals. If you would like to get in touch, please contact Max on email@example.com.