Whew, I’m glad that’s over!
Have you ever been part of a project team that worked and worked to accomplish a goal, only to return to your day job once the goal was accomplished? The changes in employee language and behavior will be short-lived if you don’t plan for their survival. Weaving the new way of being into your organizational behavior patterns isn’t magic but it does take a little effort. Isn’t it worth it though after you’ve spent all that time and money to achieve the initial results?
For the change to have staying power, leaders and change facilitators need to create existence structures maintain the changed language and behavior and ultimately the results. Examples include visual aids, recurring agenda items in standing meetings to revisit the topic and ties to performance rewards.