It’s important to note that although change often is seen as a bad thing, it has the potential to be just the opposite—as long as strong business leaders deploy people, processes, and technologies effectively for the purpose of improving, progressing, and building a stronger competitive advantage.
Although change can be exhilarating for the business and leadership team, it’s important to recognize that it can be terrifying for some employees. In order to effectively address change, the leadership team and EPMO will need to carefully cultivate a positive and productive internal environment where employees have trust in the management team at all levels.
Additionally, it’s imperative that employees feel and believe that their contributions are not only needed but also highly valued and that change will not negatively impact their roles within the organization.
Business leaders will need to be seen not only as embracing change but also as fostering a corporate culture at all levels that thrives and excels despite change.
As strategy drives portfolios rather than portfolios drive strategy, tomorrow’s transformational leaders will need to motivate and encourage continuous improvement throughout continuous change in order to obtain a successful and meaningful project, portfolio, and business outcomes.
EPMOs and business leaders should strive to successfully identify, effectively manage, accurately measure, closely monitor, and clearly communicate changes and change-management strategies throughout their organizations. This will facilitate and drive business strategy in a way that positions their organizations to achieve and maintain the levels of success they envision.
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Moira Alexander, PMP, I.S.P., ITCP/IP3P, is a recognized project management influencer, thought leader, a regular correspondent for PMI’s Projectified podcast, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of PMWorld 360 Magazine, Founder of Lead-Her-Ship Group, and author of “LEAD or LAG: Linking Strategic Project Management & Thought Leadership”. Moira has over 25 years of experience in business (IS&T) and project management for small to large businesses in the US and Canada and has been quoted in various publications including Forbes. She writes thought leadership content for top-tier publications and business blogs and oversees or writes sponsored content and software reviews on PMWorld 360 Magazine.