What Type of Change?
Different types of change can be categorised in a variety of different ways - from what the outcome is impacting (the organisation, its' people, or its' processes), its level (individual, team, or organisational), whether it is internally or externally targeted, planned or unplanned, or small or large.
Regardless of how we categorise a change, different changes require different solutions and even the same type of change needs to be implemented taking into account the specific factors of your industry and business context.
For simplicity we can consider change in terms of its straightforwardness or complexity.
Small scale changes are generally more simple to manage and can be accomplished through using best-practice change and communication principles. These changes may include implementing a new process, technology or training program, bringing on a new leader or leadership team, or altering position requirements and policies.
Complex changes include organisational strategy, transformation efforts, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, culture changes, and alterations to product or service offerings. These changes require extensive planning, stakeholder engagement, formalised communication efforts, ongoing monitoring, and comprehensive evaluations.