M1D1: Understanding Change
- Introducing change within an organization is both, chaotic and invigorating, stressful and satisfying, and as creative a process as it is a rational one.
- Why is change, both, a creative and a rational process? Provide examples to support your response.
- Which of the two processes is a greater determinant of successful change in an organization? Provide examples to support your conclusion.
The process of introducing change requires adequate planning and excellent management to ensure it serves the intended purpose. The method of inducing change is both creative and a rational one which shows an intense level of transformation from the norm. The venture makes it creative, while rationality is informed by the possibilities of the positive impact change is bound to produce (Hall & Hord, 2006). The process of overturning what people are used to attracts much attention and emotion investment as it is a variation to what people are used to in the first place.
The chaotic and invigorating nature of change is that it creates rebellion and elements refusing to accept new norm of doing things. It is in human nature that change is not always welcome as it tends to disrupt the daily routines of people. In an organization, for example, change how employee conducts their business creates confusion, unnecessary rush, and total chaotic nature as they try to transform from the old system to the new one (Chapin III, et al., 2009). The flexibility of the employees determines how easy the transition process will be, otherwise, becomes more chaotic than ever. At the same time, the confusion and transformation of operations in the organization draw invigorating venture as employees feel part and parcel of doing things in the organization. Hence, the stressful nature when there are rebellion and chaotic upfront in the functioning of the organization. As well, the satisfaction of implement better functioning mechanisms that provide practical solutions.
Both processes go hand in hand and complement each other. The very nature of inducing the change in the first place is creative that is informed by the rationality of the process in the first place. Rationality provides the alternatives to the creative change process to acquire possible solutions as a result (Chapin III, et al., 2009; Hall & Hord, 2006). For example, a company like Apple continually changes its operations and products to meet the market demands. The change process is sustained by creativity to produce products meeting the market needs, as well as, the rationality behind the understanding of those requirements.
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Hall, G. E., & Hord, S. M. (2006). Implementing change: Patterns, principles, and potholes.