Landing a Benchmark Change Initiative in West Africa | ACMP Middle East

As a rapidly evolving continent, we believe Africa has a unique perspective to offer to the world on the process of enacting successful change. To that end, Glory Enyinnaya, the Lead Consultant, presented a speech entitled ‘’Transformation Programme of a Leading FMCG Company in West Africa’’ at the recently concluded 6th Change Management Conference organized by the Dubai Quality Group and ACMP MENA in Dubai last month. You can view the video here.

Here are five key insights you can take away from her presentation:

  • There’s a link between personal and organizational change: What do McKinsey, Prosci, Rumi and Leo Tolstoy have in common? They both established a link between personal and organizational change.
    • McKinsey wrote an article ‘’Change Leader, change thyself.’’
    • Prosci defined change management as ‘’Individual transitions that lead to organizational transformations.’’
    • Rumi, the poet, said that ‘’Yesterday, I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.’’
    • Leo Tolstoy, the Russian novelist, said that ‘’Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.’’
  • Change is not always a result of failure. You can be doing great, but you realize you can do so much better.
    • Change before you have to.
    • Winston Churchill said that ‘’To improve is to change, to be perfect is to change often’’
  • We need to change the narrative about Africa. Africa is a continent of passionate, genuine and intelligent people. On my last major project, the West African team was credited with executing the most seamless deployment ever recorded in the Group. This was in a multinational company with presence in 180 countries around the world. So, yes, Africa can lead the world.
  • The top team should lead the change – not the change manager. The change manager is an enabler, a facilitator. The real ‘’face’’ of the change should be the project sponsor – ideally the most senior leader in the organization. That way, the project doesn’t get to merely be seen as a fad, but it becomes part of the fabric of the organization
  • Be the change you want to see. Don’t just be a change manager – be a change evangelist. Don’t just change your organization – change yourself.
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