Going back on a decision

How do you change course when an entire team is already moving in one direction? The decision to change is generally made at the top of the enterprise and requires not only that managers accept it but also that they re-mobilize their teams along a new track. A real challenge, sometimes!
Anticipate the consequences of changing course
The first step: make sure that reversing the decision will indeed be more advantageous that continuing along the same path. But most of all, not to ignore resistance which will emerge. Who is impacted by this change of course? What will have to be reconsidered?       
Communicate without pretense
Why change course? What is new in the situation? What have we "sold"? What have we not foreseen? What do we risk in continuing? What will we gain by taking a new direction?
These are the answers which will help the co-workers involved to understand that the decision is not an "imperial decree" but rather the conclusion of mature reflection. And that the head of the enterprise accepts its part of the responsibility for both the initial decision and for the one that annuls it. What's important is to see that there is indeed a pilot at the controls!       
Recognize the work accomplished
A piece of work which is not put to use generally loses its meaning for the person who produced it, who may feel let down by the organization. This is why it essential to consider everyone's contributions and if possible to identify what benefit they have brought and/or will bring in another context.       

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