There are conditions and situations under which change is most likely: these should be considered triggers that acts as early warnings and can alert a company to the need of heightening its analytic and planning efforts.
These triggers are usually caused by :
- Internal organizational change, in mission goals, objectives
- External change, in markets, technological developments, or condition and status of competitors and their offerings.
The following ten tips might allow you to recognize impending change internally and externally before changes happen beyond your control:
- Decide who, in each of your functional or structural area, is best to scan the internal and external environments
- Decide, to whom report on early signals of change should be addressed
- Appoint someone, in a supervisory level, is best able to authorize a response to warnings of change
- Evaluate the most efficient way to communicate needed changes
- Decide what processes needed to react to early warnings of change
- Decide when to give immediate respond to early warning of change
- Appoint a person, who can be assigned to coordinate your recommended responses to upcoming changes
- Decide who is the best to implement those recommendations
- Select the best and effective negotiator and spokesperson to represent your area when response to upcoming change requires the cooperation of other organizational units
- Anticipate what can be done to recruit support among management and non management personnel for the changes proposed
(Source : How to Initiate and Manage Change, M. Silberman)