Karen Golden-Biddle

Strategist for Cultural Transformation

How to Change an Organization Without Blowing It Up

Jan 18, 2014 by Karen Golden-Biddle

Big Bang transformation attempts often fail, fostering employee discontent and producing mediocre solutions with lasting impact.

But meaningful change need not happen this way. Instead of undertaking a risky, large-scale makeover, organizations can seed transformation by collectively uncovering “everyday disconnects” — the disparities between our expectations about how work is carried out and how it actually is. The discovery of such disconnects encourages people to think about how the work might be done differently. Continuously pursuing these smaller-scale changes — and then weaving them together — offers a practical middle path between large-scale transformation and small-scale pilot projects that run the risk of producing too little too late.

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