One of the best parts about my job is getting to see clients have that "ah-ha" moment in Rhythm - the moment the software and the methodology come together and the client just gets it and sees the tremendous value. However, it takes some clients longer to get to this moment than others. In trying to figure this out, I've come to realize that part of it is human nature. Like any new process or software system, implementing Rhythm requires the team to make some changes. People struggle with change, even positive change.
In fact, a well-researched and validated model suggests we go through a four-stage journey on the way to embracing change:
1. Denial: People who hear about the change for the first time may initially think that it won't impact them or if they wait it out, they will be able to go about their business as usual.
2. Resistance: In this stage, the team is actively trying to prove that the change is not a good idea. This is a hard place to be, and moving through it quickly by addressing concerns and engaging them in solutions is important.
3. Exploration: If you can help the team overcome resistance, they will move into a phase of exploring how the change could positively impact them. This can be exciting and energizing and lead to some unexpected benefits.
4. Commitment: This final stage is where you start to see the full value in your investment to implement the change.
So, how do you move the team quickly through the first two stages and get to commitment faster? You need vision, skills, resources, and motivation for the team to come along. Strong leadership is key to getting the team onboard. A part of the solution is to create and communicate a plan - you need a roadmap for change.
Here's a roadmap for implementing Rhythm successfully:
Rhythm clients also have access to change management tools and resources in our Rhythm University. We've taken the guesswork out of leading your team through the Rhythm implementation process. This way, your team can have that "ah-ha" moment sooner, and you will be well on your way to achieving your dreams and goals with Rhythm.
Here are additional resources about Rhythm Systems to get you started:
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