The Prosci 3-Phase Process has been around for over a decade. Phase 2 – Managing Change focuses on the five plans a change management practitioner creates and integrates with a project plan to support the people side of change.
This article looks at the "why" behind each of the five plans. If we understand why, and we leverage best practices in creating each plan, we improve change results. We're also more likely to deliver intended results and benefit realization in times of change.
We create five levers (or change management plans) during Phase 2 of the 3-Phase Process:
In the end, each plan is only effective if it helps employees impacted
by the change move through their own personal transition. In the Prosci ADKAR Model, the five building blocks for successful change are awareness, desire, knowledge, ability and reinforcement. Each of the five levers described above uniquely contributes to individuals as they move
through the ADKAR Model and process.
The Communications Plan outlines what information we share with employees during the change. An effective Communications Plan shares the right messages with the right audiences at the right time and from preferred senders. This plan should answer the questions employees have about change, such as:
The Sponsor Roadmap details the specific actions we need from senior leaders to fulfill their roles as effective sponsors. The change management practitioner needs to provide guidance and direction, working behind the scenes to make sponsoring change as easy as possible for senior leaders. Sponsorship is critical because:
The Coaching Plan details how we need managers and supervisors to engage their direct reports during change. Managers are the closest to the employees who ultimately must bring change to life, and their relationship makes them crucial allies in times of change. Employees look to their managers for answers, support and direction in times of change. Prosci research indicates that there are five specific roles of managers in times of change:
The Training Plan identifies the knowledge needs, knowledge gaps and training requirements for a project or initiative. It inventories the skills required during and after the change occurs. Employees need training in times of change, but that training is only effective if an understanding of why (awareness) and a decision to change (desire) precedes it.
Human beings resist change; it is our psychological and physiological tendency. The Resistance Management Plan captures the approach to proactively and reactively respond to resistance when it occurs during change. Reactive resistance management is executed by leaders and managers throughout the organization. Proactive resistance management leverages the foresight of the project team to identify:
The tables above mapped each of the five levers to their corresponding ADKAR elements. The image below presents the same mapping in a project view, using the ADKAR Model as achievement milestones and "swim lanes" for each of the five change management levers.
Successful change, at its core, occurs when employees who must change how they do their jobs are adequately prepared, supported, rewarded and sustained. Change management is a holistic process for developing the strategies and plans to support impacted individuals through their own transitions. Each of the five levers identified in the Prosci 3-Phase Process uniquely supports individuals through the ADKAR Model, resulting in employees who adopt changes and use solutions that further their organization.
Tim Creasey is Prosci’s Chief Innovation Officer and a globally recognized leader in change management. His work forms the foundation of the largest body of knowledge in the world on managing the people side of change to deliver organizational results.
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