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Thinking Backwards by Martin Scheepbouwer, Rob Van Haastrecht

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CHAPTER 5

Reaching Stakeholder Alignment: How to Rock the Boat

The plan was almost beyond brilliant. The production process could be reengineered to reduce costs by as much as 30 per cent. And since the business was growing, it would not lead to any headcount reduction. All that was required was departmental integration, reallocation of job functions, performance management and a training programme to implement the new ways of working. The pilots had shown it would work within days. As for alignment, it had been a textbook exercise. All involved departments were represented in the project team as well as in the steering group. In multi-media presentations in a circus tent, all 2,000 employees had been informed about the challenges ahead and ...

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