Building Momentum for Lasting Change
Change is a topic in organizations that either intimidates or inspires. Many business leaders know all too well the challenge of not only implementing change, but creating a culture where ongoing change is fully embraced. Let’s face it. Lasting change is difficult to achieve.
So how do we create momentum for transformative change that sticks?
While there’s no one right answer, some things are certain. Long-term change takes effort, equipped and united leaders, and an open and engaged team that doesn’t merely aspire to change, but feeds off of it. Thriving in the midst of change and allowing it to propel us forward is what creates sustainable, agile, scalable success. We like to call this change agility.
One of the best tools on the market to help build strategic change know-how is ExperienceChange™. Developed by our partners at ExperiencePoint, this expert-guided workshop equips leaders with the nuts and bolts of successful change. Backed by 20+ years of research, industry insights and results, ExperienceChange™ combines proven change management theory with hands-on practice in an engaging, low-risk simulation that takes teams through a “year-in-the-life” of a change project.
Blending the principles of design thinking with a deeper understanding of change, the workshop experience provides teams with a good foundation on which to build a sustainable system for ongoing transformation. As a certified ExperienceChange™ facilitator, we are excited to see the lasting impact this simulation is making for our clients.
One recent client story is working with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), who engaged the Bridge team to help them tackle the following challenge:
How might we refresh UTC’s general education curriculum to fully realize learning outcomes and enhance student engagement and success?
Along with the goal of developing a general education curricula, UTC is also looking to create a framework for mobilizing change and increase faculty buy-in.
Our approach to help UTC achieve these goals is to guide them through an accelerated design initiative. This full-scale transformation process begins with a phase of gathering insights and inspiration, followed by designing the future vision, building organizational change momentum, and concluding with a phase of prototyping and testing.
To support the mobilizing change piece of the initiative, a group of UTC faculty recently joined us in the Bridge Studio for a one-day ExperienceChange™simulation workshop. By the end of the day, faculty teams created a common understanding of change design and formulated a change framework to mobilize the general education curricula, which included a communications plan, stakeholder map, and mobilization milestones.
Here is what some of our participants had to say about the workshop:
“The simulation takes you through a problem-solving and change management process in a hypothetical work environment. Observations from your results can be applied to your own work environment.”
“Great simulation to solve problems subject to constraints.”
“It was like being a manager with a task to complete that is complex but solvable.”
“An engrossing and sometimes surprising simulation of change.”
Change in an organization in important, but the need for creating a culture that feeds on change is imperative. There are a wide range of stakeholders in UTC’s initiative, and the ExperienceChange™ simulation enabled participants to deeply consider how change will impact all sides. Beyond walking away with a better understanding of why change is important and how to guide colleagues through change, faculty teams also created concrete change frameworks and action plans that will be helpful input for the next phase of their journey to refresh general education curricula at UTC.