Thursday, December 15, 2011

Creating short-term 'wins'

Whenever a group embarks on change there's a lot of nervousness around whether or not it will work, normally because the stakes are pretty high.

Nothing motivates more than success so one of the best ways of building and keeping momentum is by striving to ensure that there are some things that people can see are successful quite early on. These 'wins' don't have to be huge, but they do have to be real, and they do have to be relevant. The most important factor, though, is that they are shared successes by the team that you want to continue to drive the change through.

One of the best ways to work on this is to break the bigger goal down into smaller chunks, some with milestones that can be seen and reached within a short time frame, perhaps weeks or months depending on the length of the overall project. Celebrate each success and use it as a springboard to get everyone gathered around reaching the next target.

Important factors:
  • Look for things that you can implement without help from any strong critics of the change.
  • Look for targets the easily justify the (relatively small) investment at each stage.
  • Make sure that the 'wins' you achieve actually matter to key stakeholders, such as your boss.
  • Reward and celebrate with each of those who help you meet the targets.
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