OCM as a Driver of Strategic Outcomes

By David Tenjo on May, 24 2024

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Change management and business strategy are intrinsically linked in ensuring organizational success and sustainability. An organization’s digital transformation often includes rapid adoption of new technologies such as AI, IoT, or Blockchain.

Failure to properly integrate changes brought by those technologies hinders an organization’s journey in the transition from strategic direction to execution. A structured alignment process is imperative for a successful transformation, and a vital aspect of this is change management, which facilitates the progressive adoption of the organization’s values, mission, vision, and strategic imperatives through digital transformation.

By systematically aligning strategic goals, initiatives, and portfolio management, organizations can effectively navigate change and achieve their desired outcomes. A structured, people-centric approach ensures that all strategic components are coherently integrated, enabling seamless execution of projects and initiatives that drive business growth and transformation.

Early Engagement in Change Management:


When new technologies, culture changes or business processes are being introduced in an organization, to support strategic imperatives, initiating change management early in on is crucial for aligning digital transformation efforts with an organization's strategic goals. This early engagement:

  • Ensures Strategic Cohesion: By integrating CM from the outset, organizations can ensure that the digital transformation is fully aligned with strategic objectives, by facilitating clear communication of the strategic vision and objectives to all stakeholders, enabling them to understand and embrace their roles in the transformation process driving people’s efforts towards common goals.
  • Builds Organizational Resilience: Early CM initiatives help in cultivating adaptive and resilient stakeholders who not only understand what is happening, but why the change is occurring. This ultimately makes stakeholders better able to navigate the challenges that might arise while staying focused on strategic goals of the transformation.


Change Management as a Bridge to Strategic Goals

As organizations embrace more transformation, we are seeing change management transcend its traditional role of managing transitions to become a strategic enabler, helping guide organizations towards achieving their strategic goals through:

  • Enhancing Organizational Agility: A well-executed Change Management strategy increases an organization's agility by equipping employees with the skills and mindset needed to adapt to change rapidly.
  • Driving Culture Shift: Change Management facilitates a shift in organizational culture towards innovation, collaboration, and continuous improvement by fostering open communication, empowering employees through training and support, and promoting collaboration across departments. It creates an environment that values and rewards innovative ideas and collaborative efforts, encouraging a continuous pursuit of excellence and adaptability within the organization.
  • Sustaining Customer Satisfaction: An organization's ability to maintain a satisfied consumer base is essential. Change management ensures that modifications to procedures or products do not harm the customer experience. By implementing Change Management strategies businesses may draw in new customers and keep existing ones as they continue to focus on customer satisfaction during the transition phase.
  • Maximizing Value Creation: Change Management ensures that digital transformation initiatives generate value aligned with Strategic Objectives by aligning the transformation efforts with the organization's vision and goals, and by engaging and preparing all stakeholders to embrace and leverage these changes effectively. This strategic alignment and stakeholder engagement drive the adoption of technologies in a way that maximizes their impact, ensuring that the transformation effectively delivers tangible benefits toward the organization's strategic ambitions.


Advantages of Change Management

Organizations that implement effective Change Management reap the benefits of robust business value and operational advantages highlighted below:


  • Reduced Disruption and Downtime: Change Management practices can prevent business disruptions during transitions. Changes to business processes can be meticulously planned and communicated to minimize downtime impacts and ensure a smooth operation.
  • Operational Efficiency: Cutting expenses and raising profitability are related to optimizing operations, and Change management ensures this by facilitating process optimization & ultimate adoption of change initiatives through effective training and development strategies, communication, and collaboration across the stakeholders, resulting in optimized performance across the organization.
  • Risk Mitigation: Although there are always risks associated with change, change management can help to recognize, evaluate, and reduce these risks. By taking a proactive stance, the organization is protected against potential harm, transitions go more smoothly, and general stability is preserved.
  • Increased Employee Engagement & Satisfaction: Happy and engaged workers are more likely to welcome change. A culture of openness, co-creation, and involvement is fostered by change management, which gives employees a sense of value and participation in the process. 
  • Improved Communication & Collaboration: Clear and consistent communication is essential for effective changes in business processes and change management does not only speed up the process of making changes but also enhances overall communication and teamwork.


The integration of change management in digital transformation is a strategic imperative for organizations aiming to achieve their broader strategic goals. By adopting a people-centric approach and initiating Change Management activities early in the project lifecycle, organizations can ensure that their digital transformation efforts are not only technologically sound but also strategically aligned.

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This alignment is critical for building a resilient, agile, and innovative organization capable of navigating market complexities of the digital age and achieving strategic success. In the end, handling transformations through effective change management practices gets the organization closer to its strategic goals, leveraging the full potential of its people and technology.

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About the Author

David TenjoWith over a decade of extensive consulting experience, David Tenjo brings exceptional leadership, communication, project management, stakeholder engagement, and problem-solving skills to every project. As a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Management Consultant (CMC), David has led award-winning strategic projects for clients across various industries. His strategic insights and ability to foster effective collaboration enable him to deliver high-impact solutions that consistently exceed client expectations. Passionate about knowledge sharing and thought leadership, David also spends time teaching university-level courses. 



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