4 Change Management Tools Every Leader Should Know Contributed by Riley Clark “The Times – They Are A-Changin'”, Bob Dylan sang one of his most famous songs. They are. It is vital that everyone learns to adapt to these changes. This principle is equally applicable to personal and business lives. However, most people resist change. Businesses are run by people, so they are more reluctant to change their time-tested systems. True leaders must gently instill the notion of the necessity for change in the minds of their employees, collaborators, and even their own. Next, it’s about making the transition as smooth and seamless as possible. Leaders need to be able to manage change effectively. We have compiled a list of tools that can be used in both personal and business life. What is Change Management? Change management is simply how you manage change. It is a systematic approach that combines knowledge, analysis, tools, resources, and support to yourself or others and helps them adopt a new way of doing business. The skills required to master change management principles can be applied in any area of life. Imagine using the same analytical approach that you used to write a poem analysis essay. Let’s see how to do it in blog format in case you have forgotten. Next, let’s look at other tools that can help you navigate through any type of change. ADKAR Model is one of the most popular tools for managing individual change.

  • Awareness;
  • Desire;
  • Knowledge;
  • Ability;
  • Reinforcement.

It is designed to help people navigate through change step by step by asking and answering a series questions. Each person should go through each stage, including being aware of the need for change, being open to adapting, knowing how to do so, being able do their job differently, and making sure the change sticks. It is an individual tool. However, it is important that every employee involved in the organization’s change process must go through these stages. Lewin’s Change Model is one of the most important models for managing change. It was created by Kurt Lewin in the 1940s. It consists of three stages:

  • Unfreezing;
  • Changing;
  • Refreezing.

Although this model is the simplest, it is still widely used as a base for more complex modern schemes. It basically guides an employee (or person) through three levels that account for understanding the need to change (unfreezing), implementing a new way of doing business (changing), and finally setting the new norm (refreezing). Gantt Chart Named for Henry L. Gantt (a mechanical engineer and management consultant), Gantt Chart is one the oldest methods of managing change. It is still highly effective as a visual method of controlling processes and their current state of completion. Your chart is ready to go! Simply put the tasks and subtasks into the rows and the dates into the columns. If you don’t want all the work to be done from scratch, there are many templates that can be downloaded for free online. This chart is great for managing any time-sensitive tasks. This chart can be used for anything, including personal goals and writing term papers. Gantt charts are useful for anyone, not just business project managers. Flowcharts If your preference is visual, flowcharts are one of the most useful tools for managing change. Although flowcharts are not new, they are still widely used. They were originally called Process fl in the 1920s.