The Story and Change lessons
In this week’s assignment I will start off by sharing a personal experience of mine dealing with the change management process. Then we look at the lessons that are outlined in our text that were presented in my story and some that were absent. Then finally I will discuss the lessons that were experienced during the change process and if these lessons can be used for future change management projects.
The Change Story
The first part of this week’s assignment is to share a personal experience dealing with change management process. Before I share my personal experience what is organizational change. One simple definition of organizational change is that it is a process in which a large company or organization changes its working methods or aims, for example in order to develop and deal with new situations or markets (Cambridge Dictionary, 2013). Change is not always as simple as it sounds from the previous definition. In fact it has been said “the world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress” (Kettering, 2013). Now let me tell you my story and some general background information to help you the reader understand the story better.
I am member of the United States Air Force serving at Moody AFB GA and have been in the service for over 23 years. In my current organization I am considered part of the management team. The organization I belong to is the 71st Rescue Squadron and our primary mission is to support peacetime and combat rescue operations (i.e. rescue distressed boaters or shot down pilots). The unit is currently equipped with the ten HC-130P aircraft that were made in the 1960s and have a crew of seven (Pilot, Co-pilot, Navigator, Flight Engineer, Radio Operator, and two Loadmasters). With this mission and equipment the squadron has a total of 115 people in the organization (HC-130P/N, 2009).
The organization is currently receiving new aircraft. The HC-130P (49 years old) is being replaced by the HC-130J (built in 2011) the unit’s mission will remain unchanged and the two aircraft are virtual the same except for a few minor things and of course the new plane is just like a new car it runs a lot better and is more reliable. One of the first challenges is that the HC-130J standard crew compliment is five, the unit will downsize by 35 aircrew members once the transition is complete. The crew compliment change is due to the upgrade in the technology. The unit has started receiving the new aircraft but it will be a slow process and the last aircraft to complete a nine airplane complement will not arrive until sometime in 2016. While we slowly receive the planes we have started to sending members of the organization to school to learn to fly the HC-130J because it is so new it takes about eight months of school to become qualified to fly on the new aircraft. As we convert these people to fly the new plane the organization is still tasked to support world operations and to...