If powerful people are going to lose out, what out, because they will likely try to block even the most rational and beneficial projects.
When powerful people are going to win from the change you are leading, they will move mountains to resource and support you.
Whatever project your are running, this is why is it necessary to understand the impact it could have on the power balances. It will highlight the challenges and the opportunities ahead.
Over the last few years, this has become even more extreme as the change agenda becomes more and more disruptive.
A director I spoke with recently was responsible for driving the digital agenda, which would see the FTE count in his organisation fall from some 28,000 heads to less than 8,000 - if successfully implemented.
His problem? Convincing senior stakeholders to get on-board.
Why would they?
Most of their power, teams and resources would disappear, if not their own jobs. Far better for them to sit it out, let the organisation slowly decline for lack of innovation, so they get to retirement with a big fat pension pot.
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