Why do some people seem to sail gently through the changes life brings to them, while others get upset if they have to change smallest of their ritual? Numerous researches have shown that the key is in understanding change better, and creating acceptance for the uncertainty. ADKAR model is a tool that is based on five building blocks that lay the foundation for successful change.
SO WHAT IS ADKAR?
ADKAR model is a change management tool to help identify why change is difficult and why some changes succeed while others are unsuccessful. This model was developed by Jeff Hiatt in 2003 and was introduced as a practical tool by Prosci, a renowned change management consultancy.
YOU MEAN ‘A D K A R’?
ADKAR is an acronym of the five steps for successful implementation of change. The process begins with an assumption that change will be resisted and hence, it creates acceptance for the resistance for change.
The five pillars for change are:
Do we understand why change is needed? What are the goals, needs and reasons for change? Early communication for the reason for upcoming
change results in having the necessary level of awareness.
What is the level of engagement and willingness to participate in the change? When people know about the individual benefits occurring from the change, they may be awakened to participate in the process.
How will the change be implemented? What are the various steps involved? Breaking the whole big – pitcher for change into small actionable is required in this step.
Are we translating the new learning as habit? How quickly are we adjusting to the new environment? Support and guidance are the key elements here.
It is human nature to seek a return to the status quo. Is there a turning back to the original behavior? Or is change the ‘new normal’? Recognizing and rewarding change lays emphasis on continuing it.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU ARE ‘STUCK UP’?
HOW TO DIAGNOSE THE GAP?
This exercise will help to understand and clarify the key elements of the change , in a real life or work setting.
TO SUM UP
ADKAR model helps to plan effectively for a new change and also diagnose where a current change is failing, so that we can take corrective action.