Delivering real-time results over unwieldy transformation programmes

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Delivering real-time results over unwieldy transformation programmes

“We have a strategic plan. It’s called doing things.” Herb Kelleher

“Be the best. It’s the only market that’s not crowded.” George Whalin

The Northern Powerhouse has attracted a plethora of consultants rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of the fees they could earn off the change needed within organisations – particularly healthcare – to deliver the Chancellor’s vision.

I’ve experienced my fair share of change and transformation programmes. They are usually of gigantic scope, endless time and immensely costly.  They can outlive the executive team involved in kick-starting the process, and are generally too daunting to contemplate.  It can often result in decision paralysis and an organisation that doesn’t move forward.

So, where do you start when faced with an enormous elephant and only a standard knife and fork to eat with?

Most “Transformation” programmes fail because they’re overwhelming. Real change is delivered through listening, understanding, ownership and delivery in bite-sized chunks.

At Evermore Global we don’t assume anything when we’re working on a project. Instead, we listen first and then work out with people where to start before getting on with it.

“Never miss a good chance to shut up.” Will Rogers

The key to getting on with it, is working out the the BIG, SIMPLE THINGS and then executing with total fanaticism. Nothing beats getting things done, stepping back and seeing what you’ve achieved. And remember the gospel of “SMALL WINS” – allies, more allies, small wins, momentum = unstoppable!!

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The key is to iterate, learn while we try things in a real world environment. Fail fast, fail forward is the adage that we prescribe to and as do most of the world’s successful multi-national corporations. They realise that failing is a core part of the development process and the Brits have to stop the self-flagellation if something doesn’t work out.

As Tom Peters says, whoever tries the most stuff wins. And he’s right, It’s a chance to test an idea, learn from the experience and hone your ability.

But honestly, this is nothing really new! Everyone knows all these things—but time and again organisations fail to relentlessly practice them.

That’s why sometimes having an outside organisation involved in changes is beneficial. But one who is detached and doesn’t wed themselves to a particular model because that’s how you wind-up in a cul-de-sac.

It also helps if you partner with an organisation that has connections across the world, markets and sectors.  We leap frog decades of learning by constantly looking out across the globe to collaborate with those who have already solved our particular problems.  They’re out there and usually willing to share.

So transformation doesn’t need to be an enormous challenge that everyone talks about but nobody is prepared to tackle. It’s really quite easy. Just work out the big, simple things that need to get done and learn by doing.

 

Sara McKee

Evermore Global Founder

 

 

Sara McKee

Sara McKee is an experienced and entrepreneurial board director with the proven ability to deliver results. She has boosted profits for major organisations, turned around ailing sales figures and transformed start-ups into multi-million pound companies.

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