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Preparing for Change

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on October 24, 2006

Change never comes easily, and small businesses are no exception. That’s why it’s important for you to prepare your company for change. Start by examining your corporate culture to discover any impediments to change. Company procedures and systems should be monitored to be sure they support change, and some traditions and practices may have to be revamped to meet new needs.

Next, keep talking about change at the office so that employees begin to think in more flexible terms and help move things in a new direction. Don’t forget to make your expectations clear, making sure that key employees know that embracing change is part of their responsibility.

Finally, don’t forget to be planning far ahead for the biggest change of all: your retirement or exit from the company.

Ken Yancey
Washington, D.C.

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