A DNA of Change

Kenneth has 14 years of healthcare experience in government and private industry. Over eight years of experience managing healthcare IT projects, operations, contracts, and personnel. His work experience includes project management, contracts and procurements, data analysis, claims adjudication, business writing, and business process modeling. Kenneth was certified in 2006 as a Project Management Professional.

Change is going to happen whether you are ready for it or not. Organizations have to change or they will get left behind. Individuals have to change or they will stop growing. Teams have to change or they will get stuck in a rut and stop accomplishing new and better tasks.

Change should be a part of your organization and your teams; it should not be a question of what will change or when things will change, but instead change should simply be a part of everyday life. Change should be understood as a tool and a force for good instead of something to be feared or avoided by the team members of your project or organization.

Incorporating Into Discussions
Change should be talked about instead of ignored and avoided by the team. While it does not have to be an agenda item, there should be room for discussion in regular meetings on the change that is happening. Not talking about it leads to rumors and anxiety about things that people do not understand. Opening up the dialogue and addressing things that may become a concern early on will help everyone deal with changes that happen. They will have a full understanding of why things are changing and how that will impact them (and hopefully help the organization as a whole). Discussions can also help leaders make better decisions in the long run.

No Surprises
One of the reasons for communicating often and communicating well …

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