How can smaller companies utilize change management to help the business grow?
The discipline of sound change management can be an important tool for small companies that want to grow. But, sadly, many smaller businesses act like the big kids and simply inflict change on others. The track record for that approach is painfully bad.
For example, many changes fail because people never got the message that this change was critical to the success of the organization. It is far easier to communicate that message in smaller organizations. And in smaller businesses, it is easier to get people deeply involved in the changes that affect them. (BTW, the research on employee engagement is stunning. Highly engaged employees are worth far more than what you pay them.)
Even though most of the books and articles on leading change tend to focus on large organizations, the principles and practices of getting people up-to-speed and engaged are no different in smaller businesses. But, because you lead a smaller organization, good change management should be easier to apply. (It is no wonder that the powerful concept of Open Book Management took hold in smaller companies.)
Introduction to Change without Migraines (a free e-book) is quick way to see if the practice of sound change management is a good fit for you.