Gain (or maintain) top-down support for change

Leadership support is vital for a change programme.  Without support change will be harder, and the required resources may not be made available.  The type of support required may include:

  • Long-term commitment to the change programme: change programmes can last years, so there should be commitment to continue long-term.
  • Resources: change programmes require resources, in time, people and money.  Resources are required to manage the programme, develop and deliver training, and monitor results.

A good way to gain support from leadership is through discovering where you are – discovering that the company is not performing as well as first thought can give you and senior managers the drive needed to commit to change.

Both Understanding your culture and SAFE: Safety appraisals for everyone can be used to highlight company performance to managers.