Small Steps Leading to Real Change

by | Jul 9, 2018 | Articles, Featured, General, Interviews, Press Release

“Small steps leading to real change” is what Martin Baker, CEO and founder of The Charity Learning Consortium says about our report ‘The Transformation Curve’. One of the key messages of the report is that transformation happens in stages and that organisations have to keep taking small steps in the right direction.

The second installment in our series providing further insights and comments from our ambassadors at our anniversary roundtable event.

Martin thinks L&D and business leaders have to do as the report says and break transformation down into small, achievable and clearly defined steps. Do this and he says real, lasting transformation is achievable – the kind of transformation that many organisations desperately want to achieve but feel is out of reach.

“With the introduction of ‘The Transformation Curve’, real and obtainable progression is much more realistic. L&D professionals are faced with overwhelming challenges, particularly within the charity sector, but the four clear stages of ‘The Transformation Curve’ promote smaller, more manageable steps to success.”

Every organisation, voluntary, private or public sector, has to transform and they know it, but many are still daunted at the prospect of what they need to do. They are also unsure of how to start or where to start. Martin says this is something that he hears from organisations all the time. “The journey used to start at the beginning and the destination felt unobtainable for most of our members. There was uncertainty on where to start, what the next steps were and, as a result, motivation levels suffered.”

Martin Baker, Charity Learning Consortium

The fact that ‘The Transformation Curve’ talks about transformation in different stages and highlights the typical characteristics, challenges and benefits of those stages is also very helpful, says Martin. He says it helps organisations to plot where they are on the transformation curve and from there, they can more easily work out how to progress to the next stage. Sometimes, L&D discovers that they are further along on the road to transformation then they had realised – some small steps have already been taken and those steps need to be built on to progress further. “The different characteristics mean our members can identify where they currently are and easily highlight what will help them move forward. No matter what stage you are starting at, if you have the goal to progress to, then ‘The Transformation Curve’ will benefit you and your organisation,” says Martin.

Thinking of transformation as a curve and a continuous journey helps L&D to get started on that journey. The destination doesn’t have to be reached overnight. In fact, it can’t be reached overnight, but it does need to be reached. Martin thinks that if L&D and organisational leaders can stagger their progress through the different stages and by following this process of taking small, manageable steps, then transformation will become a tangible reality. “Real benefits can be achieved in a much more time-efficient and productive manner.”

Look out for the next installments in this series, providing further insights and comments from our ambassadors at our anniversary roundtable event.

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