Core teams are vital. An engaged and hungry core team is critical to success in a software implementation. Conversely, I’m reminded why that is so important every time I see this cartoon by Tom Fishburne.
I wish the above image were a joke. So many Software Implementations, Digital Transformation efforts, and Change Management plans never have a chance for success because of the above hierarchy. Do you see anyone in your leadership organization that fits here? I bet you do.
Organizations and Leadership within most organizations default to staying in the same place. The best way to break through stogy bureaucracy is through your core team. Unfortunately, when you are implementing software – you are moving the needle. You are challenging the Status Quo officer and the organization itself.
The strongest core teams, dedicated to successful implementations, listen to the end-users and change the minds of the most stoic naysayers. Not to mention, the most successful Core teams are empowered to challenge the Status Quo. VPs Play it Safe and Wait and See need the vision to step outside their comfort zone. And the Core teams need the ability to provide that vision throughout the organization.