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Effective change management 'requires strategic leadership'

19 May 2010

Companies carrying out change management procedures require executives to display strong leadership skills.

According to Hootan Sherafat, a columnist for WCW Insight, businesses expect their resources to remain fairly scarce for some time, meaning that there is a stronger focus on core competencies rather than "non-current projects".

Mr Sherafat said the challenge for interim managers and other executives is to bring in cost-effective measures while still coming up with involve business policies.

"Management must make uncomfortable choices and at the same time keep team motivation levels high," he suggested.

Last month, Gartner blogger Mark McDonald said that those in charge of change management initiatives need to consider how their policies will impact upon individual team members, while also meeting compliance requirements.

He added that change management can be judged to be successful when staff members adopt their behaviour, something Mr McDonald believes "requires them to adopt new work practices and tools one at a time".

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