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Change management 'can work best during tough times'

23 March 2011

A period of economic uncertainty could be the perfect time to transform an organisation, according to one change management expert.

Writing for Management Today, Pat Wellington said difficult times can create an ideal environment for change because managers will not be asked to justify themselves or prove the case for a programme of large-scale alterations.

Executives are likely to encounter more resistance to change initiatives during periods of prosperity, she explained.

Ms Wellington, author of the book Effective People Management, described the implementation of change as a "dynamic process" that requires focus and constant attention.

However, she also said managers with such responsibilities must view their role as a catalyst rather than a "controller" of change.

"As soon as you can, turn over the responsibility to those who are making the changes," the expert advised.

In November last year, the Chartered Management Institute described overseeing change as "arguably the foremost role of the modern leader". It said managers must be competent and trusted by their employees for projects of this nature to succeed.

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