A liberating look at the real reasons organization-wide improvement efforts fail and how, when all attempts have failed, you can help your organization to become great.
For all the planning and the good intentions, the fact remains that anywhere from 50 to 75 percent of significant efforts to improve the culture and productivity of an organization fail. That is a lot of wasted time, energy, and money. What lies behind this staggering statistic? What are the real obstacles to change that must be overcome?
As the authors of this eye-opening new work make clear, to enact real change, organizations need to shake off their immaturity and grow up. Shifting away from the tendency to lay all the blame on bad leadership, Why Organizations Struggle So Hard to Improve So Little: Overcoming Organizational Immaturity offers specific answers for why most organizational improvement efforts fail.
Why Organizations Struggle So Hard to Improve So Little explains the difficulties and dangers of organizational immaturity, then provides proven, effective tools and ideas for achieving change within the limitations of an immature organization. With this guide, leaders and other stakeholders will be able to determine the maturity level of an organization, get beyond prevailing myths about how change gets derailed, and identify potential areas for improvement.
• Includes assessments, policy framework plans, training plans, strategic plans, and other skill-building documents
• Offers a bibliography with references to contemporary business improvement thinkers and key research into the likelihood of improvement failures
• Provides a comprehensive index for easy and quick identification of areas of interest
• Identifies the real obstacles to change and helps stop the spiral of wasted resources devoted to change efforts
• Provides concrete steps to making change happen when all other efforts have failed
• Moves the blame for failure from the usual suspects—like leadership—to where it belongs
• Provides the tools for self-assessment, to help companies avoid spending thousands of dollars on a consultant