What is change readiness all about, and how does it differ from change fitness? To understand the concept more clearly, let’s first go back to the physical world.
We all know what physical fitness is – it’s about our capacity to engage in and succeed at physical activities. It relates to real and measurable things like our heart and lung capacity, the strength of our muscles and bones, and our capacity to process oxygen. It’s not the only thing needed for success in, say, sport, but it’s definitely an important thing. Someone who is really unfit and can barely walk to the corner store is not going to be ready to run a marathon. But readiness to run a marathon doesn’t just depend on physical fitness. An elite marathon athlete may have other commitments and other plans.
So you can be physically fit to run a marathon, but not ready to do it. But you can never really be ready to run a marathon if you’re not fit. You might be willing to have a go; you could even be excited about it, but you don’t have the capacity to go the distance.
Change fitness is about your capacity to run the marathon race of change and it too is measurable. To be successful, you must have the capacity to go the distance, no matter how hard the journey may be. But it’s possible to be fit enough to go the distance with change, but not ready to start on the process. People can have the capacity to make beneficial change in their lives or workplaces, but still not be ready to start.
Organisational change readiness is about an organisation’s capacity to support change in its stakeholders. The change-ready company functions in such a way that it helps its people change – in all kinds of positive ways. If a company doesn’t do this, it makes it harder for people to change, and therefore harder for the company to change, adapt, and grow.
So what is involved in change readiness? Click below to find out more.