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8 Steps to successful Change Management

Three Steps to Heaven

In 1960 Eddie Cochran sang ‘Three Steps to Heaven’


Step one – you find a girl to love

Step two – she falls in love with you

Step three – you kiss and hold her tightly


In 2 minutes 30 seconds Eddie was able provide three simple steps to eternal happiness, unfortunately successful Change Management takes a bit longer.

In this posting I will introduce Kotter’s 8 steps to Change Management to those who have yet to come across it.

Why Change Management

The impact of poor Change Management is all around us, and is often a major factor in IT project failures and cancelations, with high profile multi-Million dollar failures increasingly becoming Global news stories, it it something we all have to get right.

Earlier this year the BBC’s Digital Media Initiative (DMI) IT project was canceled with nothing to show after spending almost £100, this story unfortunately is not unique with according to surveys 70-80% of projects failing

Kotter’s 8 Steps to Change Management

In Professor John P. Kotter’s book Leading Change, Kotter introduces us to an 8 steps methodology to successfully manage change, the first four steps focus of de-freezing the organisation, the next three steps make the change happen, and the last step re-freeze.

Kotters 8 Steps for Change Management





The 8 steps methodology is the result of research conducted over 10 years on 100’s projects, across multiple industries, national boundaries, and with some the of largest companies in the world.

The 8 steps below are designed to be performed sequentially.

Step One – Establish a sense of urgency.

Step Two – Form a powerful coalition.

Step Three – Create a vision of change.

Step Four – Communicate the vision

Step Five – Empower people and remove obstacles

Step Six – Generate short-term wins.

Step Seven – Consolidate gains

Step Eight – Anchor the changes in the corporate culture

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