Management Tip of the Day: Know the 3 requirements of change

Wed Oct 27, 2010 9:53am EDT
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BOSTON (Reuters) - The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical and ideas from Harvard Business Review and ( Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"Setting a new direction, changing behavior, or transforming a culture is never easy. Before you start down the road of change, know three of the things you'll need on your journey:

1. A clear destination. Many change programs fail because not everyone understands where they are headed. Be clear up front with everyone who needs to change about what the end point looks like.

2. A starting point. Big goals are intimidating and sometimes paralyzing. Get started by taking small steps toward your goal. Momentum will build.

3. Persistence. Most change efforts look like they will fail at some point, usually in the middle. Don't give up prematurely. Find a way around obstacles, make necessary alterations, and keep going."

- Today's management tip was adapted from "Seven Truths about Change to Lead By and Live By" by Rosabeth Moss Kanter.

<p>Customers line up outside a bureau de change in Geneva October 27, 2008. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse</p>