Project Management

7 Change Management Trends Project Managers Need to Be Aware Of

Phil Buckley is senior change management professional with 25 years of experience helping leaders and their teams align mindsets, actions and behaviors to achieve new and challenging goals. He has managed 32 large-scale change projects for national and global organizations based in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.

For most public and private organizations, constant change is the norm. What is new is the increased pace and volume of the changes required to manage their rapidly evolving mandates, stakeholder expectations and operating conditions.

Leaders and their organizations are rethinking how they navigate their volatile and complex environments. New structures, practices and capabilities are being adopted to seize opportunities and defend against threats arising from change.

These new perspectives on change management have significant implications for project managers. Identifying, understanding and aligning with them is the best way to meet stakeholder needs and enable project results delivery.

Here are seven change management trends that will affect how project managers lead their projects…

1. Managing multiple large changes while delivering short-term results is a steady state. The tension between delivering short- and long-term objectives is a reality many leaders don’t actively manage. They lead multiple large change projects without addressing the complexity and resource drains that jeopardize delivery of short-term results.

At the same time, short-term performance almost always trumps long-term benefits. Project managers need to expect and mitigate fallout from hasty reprioritization of near-term goals. The best preparation is education on …

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