Change Management WalkMe TeamDecember 3, 2014

5 Change Management Issues That Will Derail Your Business

5 Change Management Issues That Will Derail Your Business

Management is the driving force that dictates how well the fairing on of a new project proceeds, and staying clear of the change management issues bound to work against the spirit of success is of paramount importance. It is imperative to note that a thin line exists between best practices in management that guarantees success and the infinite issues that can randomly complicate any project and rubbish all the efforts within a short time.

Good management does not only entail being in knowledge of the best trends but also staying aware of other issues that may ignite the possibilities of  derailment. The need for being aware of such issues cannot be overestimated owing to the fact that most of the mega projects are complex in structure and will incorporate vast amount of resources time and personnel.

5 Change Management Issues That Will Derail Your Business

Lack of clarity in the definition of goals

Lack of clarity ranks top among the change management issues that are at the forefront in derailment of projects. Well-defined goals act as a blueprint, a benchmark for progress, and failure in project delivery and managing a project without a clear knowledge of the goals is bound to be an effort in futility. The manager in charge of the project should know the goals that are to be achieved in the project and in cases where the management of the business rests with a body of individuals, it is up to this organ to thoroughly scrutinize and be content of the goals envisioned in the respective business venture.

Managers should undertake the task of defining and redefining the set goals from time to time and ensuring that every stakeholder is aware of the goals that need to be achieved to work towards achieving common targets. The morale of role players in any business venture is also highly boosted when they are aware of what goals they need to achieve and hence tailor their contributions in ways that will grant the utmost good from their service.

Ignorance in the demands of the project

Ignorance in the demands of the project whether due to sheer incompetence or random cases of do not know, takes a tall order on business ventures that require specialized knowledge and skills in steering of the management. It is possible that lack of necessary expertise on the part of the team tasked in implementing a given business project may not be rigorously addressed by the manager as it is required.

Assessment of core efficiency and effectiveness required for the proper execution of mandate in carrying out the project is a crucial task that should be well catered for by the project manager. Such expertise may be instilled by the relevant training of team members and outsourcing, can be considered in cases where the necessary technicalities cannot be instilled via training in the short term of the available personnel.

Lack of a better alternative: 

Having an alternative is not only a wise decision but also provides a fall back mechanism and a backup in the event of possible challenges and risks surpassing anticipated limits. Lack of alternatives will have the implication of putting and business venture on hold for uncomfortably longer periods while possible solutions are tested for change implementation.

It is important that the alternatives be well checked for possible flaws through a rigorous process to ensure that it is reliable in the event that there is need. It is important that managers overseeing the projects come up with alternatives for anticipated challenges and risks that can be put in place in the event that such risks materializes some time later in the course of the project. A key oversight in the development of such alternatives is normally lack of proper detail developed to significant levels to allow the deployment of the alternatives at the go once need arises, and any elite manager should be on the watch against such mishaps.

Setting of unrealistic deadlines to implement change: 

Setting of unrealistic deadlines is also one of the most frequent change management issues that are hell-bent on derailing success of projects and possibly eradicating the confidence of stakeholders on the capabilities of persons trusted with transforming the business venture into a successful project. While it is pleasing to set early deadlines that may pick on the interest of investors, setting such deadlines then missing them is a red tape and is bound to put the project management in bad light.

It is important that setting of deadlines be done procedurally and in a pragmatic manner that takes into consideration optimization of service delivery while regarding personnel capabilities together with external factors that may influence missing or attaining such deadlines. An allowance should also be given for unforeseeable factors that may influence service delivery occasionally from time to time. In essence, any manager should set deadlines that they are sure to beat whatever way the events unfold in the normal set up, and achieving such deadlines will usually be well orchestrated if all parties involved are consulted and the requirements considered in arriving at the final date.

Inadequately engaging employees

Inadequately engaging employees is also part of the change management issues that may serve to frustrate your efforts in realizing a successful change end. Disinterest in part or whole of the employee team will usually have the detrimental effects that range from slowing down of the project progress or complete break down due to unnecessary stand offs that are both counterproductive and against the spirit of project success.

Disinterest by employees may be ignited from lack of their consultation and green lighting for the commencement and procession of the change, probably because they do not see it through the spectrum of guaranteeing success but instead regard it as a liability or a breakdown in communication.

Poor communication is particularly bound to do more harm that may have been imagined in the onset of the project, courtesy of feuds and wrangles that may show up from time to time due to misunderstandings and total difference in ideology. Lack of clear channels for information sharing and conflict resolution will usually put any project’s success in jeopardy as confusion rages across the board with deadlines being missed and goals not being envisioned uniformly in the task force supposed to see the business through.


Being in knowledge of the best practices is thus of far much importance in putting up a formidable working rapport, and the change management issues that may work against this spirit must be put to the minimal by use of robust mechanisms to pave way for successful project delivery.

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