Magazine article Management Today

MT Learning Curve: Change Management

Magazine article Management Today

MT Learning Curve: Change Management

Article excerpt

What is it? It's a new year! Time to make changes, freshen things up, get off to a good start and reject the old and stale. But managing change is one of the hardest leadership tasks. It is not true that people 'always hate change'. We buy new cars, move house, redecorate our living rooms and feel pretty good about it. But persuading a workforce that things now have to be done differently, and that familiar and comfortable routines may have to be abandoned, well, that's something else altogether.

Where did it come from? Things used not to change so fast. Until the Industrial Revolution, large parts of the rural population had lived in more or less the same way for centuries. We all know what the Luddites thought of new technology. But as new machines appeared and cities grew, workers had to learn new tricks. Women started appearing in the workplace in greater numbers. Today there are fewer secretaries, but also many fewer semi-skilled people making things. Competition and computers have changed the nature of work and how people have to be managed. …

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