I know many of us watched the Super Bowl this weekend and from the parts that I did catch, it was a great game (depending on who you were rooting for). While I wish I could have sat back and enjoyed the game, my family was busy finishing our move to a new home.
The move has been a wave of many different emotions for all of us from pain to fun. The move has been even harder on our young son as it has caused him a great deal of worry, but it is also opening a number of new opportunities. He will get to make new friends, he lives closer to family, there is a drive-in theater we can enjoy and I am sure there will be a lot more discovery to come as time passes. The key to making the right decision was creating a smart plan and executing with his best interest at heart.
The move actually reminded me of my clients and how they treat ERP software projects. We all know changing software is a painful process (no matter how smoothly the project goes), but the right plan makes a world of difference. Just like my son, there are many employees who feel scared and worried about the coming changes but showing the positives is key. I have dealt with many different manufactures and their approaches vary from knee jerk reactions about things all the way to overanalyzing the projects. Both extremes can be hurtful to the process as I see the companies that move too fast don’t have all the facts while the companies that take too long lose their audience. The key is the right plan that suits the needs of your team as best you can execute.
While the best plan does not take away the discomfort, the idea is to face the challenges as real opportunities and make the best decisions. We used our move as an opportunity to help our son as he was having some minor issues with eating habits. Now, the new home is his place to be the “big boy” who tries new foods without throwing a tantrum. Luckily for us, the plan has worked and he is eating new foods and keeps telling us how he is such a “big boy.”
For many of you, taking the time to involve your employees in the decision and find where it can help them grow into new responsibilities is an added benefit to making a change to your software system. I have seen many of you do well in making these changes and I would love to hear any advice you would share with those making the same changes.
“Change brings Opportunity”
– Nido Qubein