How can you tell if your organisation is ready for change? This is not a simple question because, before we can answer this question, we must first answer 3 other questions.

The first is this – what do we mean by change readiness? It is easy to use these 2 words but to what do they refer? Be careful how you answer because it’s not as simple as it may first appear.

The second question is equally tricky – what are we measuring? Once we have understood what change readiness means, how do we know what to measure? How do we know we are measuring all the important things and not over-emphasising unimportant things?

And the third question is about how to measure all the important things and how to interpret what the data tell us.

Once we have done all that, we can begin to understand how ready for change the organisation really is. And we’ll know what to work on to reduce the risks of cost blow-outs and disappointing outcomes.

The real benefits of change readiness are not measured by one successful change outcome. As change readiness grows, capacity grows for successful change long into the organisation’s future.

Would you like to improve your understanding of change readiness? Join me in one of my masterclasses on change readiness.

Steve Barlow
Author: Steve Barlow

Steve heads up The Change Gym. He is a change readiness specialist. You can contact him at