I have been working with a small team of leaders who are trying to create needed change in the structure of their organization. While working with this group of three leaders over the course of a few weeks we were able to create a simple template building a case for change. Here are the five key elements we are experimenting with.
Key Elements of a Case for Change
1. What is the business context for the change. What is currently happening (i.e., organizational conditions and circumstances) that merits attention and drives the need for change.
2. How are w currently viewing the problem or opportunity. That aspect of the current situation which calls for change.
3. What are the implications associated with the change. The logical (or feared) consequence of not addressing the problem or opportunity.
4. What is the desired future state. What doe the future look like if the change is implemented?
5. What are the benefits. The specific advantages or gains that will result from achieving the desired future state.
What else should we consider here?