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Frequency of Change in an Organization

Frequency of change refers to how often it occurs. There was a time when organizations were proud of their stability and consistency. Acquisitions were infrequent, and words like “right-sizing” and “down-sizing” were not in the dictionary. Your job description had not changed for years.

Today, mergers and acquisitions are a daily event. Yesterday’s technology upgrades quickly become obsolete. Roles, responsibilities, and relationships change faster than a name plate on a cubicle. If you are like so many others in your organization, you have had three to five bosses in the past five years.

In a March 2014 poll conducted by Inc. magazine, 28% of the respondents’ business models changed in the last five years; 36% of the respondents’ mix of products and services changed; and 47% of the respondents’ financial structure changed. I frequently speak with clients who have received emails that a work group – for example, Account Management – has reorganized its staff and function, effective immediately. These same clients attest that it feels like the same work group just reorganized six months earlier! I worked with a client company whose leadership and organizational structure was relatively the same for almost forty years. This same organization has changed its leadership and “go-to-market” structure three times in the last six years.

So think about this: In the past five years, what has been the frequency of change in your organization for something that significantly impacts its employees or its customers?

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Ed Evarts is the founder and president of Excellius Leadership Development, an organization focused on coaching mid- to senior- level leaders and their teams in business environments. With over twenty-five years of innovative leadership and management experience, Ed possesses the ability to build awareness, create action, and deliver results. Known for his business acumen, his ability to resolve complex human relations issues, and his enthusiastic, accessible and responsive style, Ed partners with managers, leaders and business teams to explore clarity and communication, and traverse conflict and change.

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