Take a merger or acquisition for example. The technical side of the change, or the hard side, if you will, will most certainly be complex. Issues surrounding the financial arrangements of the deal must be worked out. Development will have to take place to integrate the business system. Decisions will be made about the physical arrangements of the newly formed organization.
But getting people on board and participating in the change will make the difference. Individuals will have to do their jobs differently, and it is the degree to which they change their behaviors and processes that will make or break the merger or acquisition. The soft side of change is many times actually the harder side of change. Learn the what, why and how of managing the people side of change with a structured approach to change management.