By Chally Kacelnik
The article: What You Lose with Your New Strategy by Natalia Weisz and Roberto Vassolo at the Harvard Business Review
What I think: Any time you take a new path, you’re also causing loss, whether of alternative possibilities or of what you’ve left behind. I don’t mean to be too esoteric – but that’s how organisational leaders sometimes sound when they’re putting in place a new strategy without articulating the impact of the change for people in the organisation. As Weisz and Vassolo note, ‘the latent and often unarticulated fear of loss is usually behind organizational inertia and resistance.’ Enabling people to embrace the new strategy requires effective change management; a great strategy is not enough.