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Four Signs Your Organization Is Struggling to Manage Change

Updated: Nov 21, 2023

Managing change is hard. Even the most successful companies struggle with adapting to new opportunities, technologies, markets, and workforces. The costs of failing to evolve can be tremendous - from declining profits to employee turnover.

When an organization is having trouble managing change, there are usually signs that point to deeper issues. Recognizing these signals is the first step toward correcting course. Here are four common indicators that a company is struggling to keep up with change:

Sign #1: Resistance to Change

One of the clearest signs that an organization is struggling to manage change is active resistance from employees. When new initiatives, processes, or directives are introduced, there is often negativity, pushback, and reluctance to shift ways of working. Employees may openly complain about changes or even attempt to undermine them. There can be an "us vs. them" mentality pitting leadership against staff. This resistance stems from feeling that change is being imposed without input, a lack of trust, poor communication, or not seeing the personal benefit. Whatever the source, it creates tension, slows momentum, and makes successfully implementing change extremely difficult. Overcoming resistance requires addressing underlying concerns, improving two-way communication, and helping people see the upside of change.

Sign #2: Low employee engagement during change

When organizational changes are happening, it's common to see employees become less engaged in their work. They may seem distracted, less motivated, and generally just going through the motions. If people aren't excited about the change and don't understand the reasons behind it, they'll be less likely to put in full effort.

Low engagement can show up in different ways. Employees might start missing deadlines more often. Collaborative team projects suffer as people aren't actively participating. There could be an uptick in sick days or time off requests. Overall productivity and output drops.

This lack of engagement is problematic because it slows down the pace of change. Leaders need people to be proactive, take initiative, and fully dedicate themselves to making the change successful. When the workforce is disengaged, the transformation drags along ineffectively. Building engagement around the purpose behind the change is key.

Sign #3: Your employees lack confidence during change

When change initiatives are underway, it's common for employees to feel unsure, anxious, or skeptical about the path ahead. They may not fully understand the reasons for the change or feel that leadership has inadequately prepared them for their new roles and responsibilities. As a result, productivity and morale often decline as employees lack the confidence needed to fully embrace change.

You may notice more questions, complaints, or general negativity from staff during times of transition. There can also be passive resistance in the form of lingering silos, lack of collaboration, and hesitation to adopt new processes. Building confidence takes time and effective communication from leaders.

Sign #4: Lack of cross-departmental collaboration

Organizations often struggle to foster collaboration between different departments and functions. Silos can emerge, with each team focusing narrowly on their own goals and metrics. This prevents the organization from harnessing its full potential.

During times of change, collaboration is essential. New initiatives require input and coordination across the organization. When departments don't work together, execution suffers.

Some signs of poor cross-departmental collaboration include:

· Confusion about roles and responsibilities

· Duplicate work or redundant projects

· Lack of information sharing between teams

· Territorialism and internal competition

· Overall lack of alignment on strategy and vision

Fostering connections and breaking down silos is critical. Music provides a powerful way to bring employees together and unite them behind shared goals.

Music-Based Interventions

SoundStrategies takes a revolutionary approach to organizational development by leveraging the power of music to catalyze positive change. Through customized interventions including songwriting, freestyle rapping, and experiential learning, SoundStrategies helps companies communicate change effectively, build critical skills, and align culture.

At the core of SoundStrategies' offerings are proprietary music-based methodologies designed to address key challenges with managing organizational change:

Communicating Change Through Song Creation

SoundStrategies team of professional music producers, artists, and organizational development experts can write a custom song that articulates your organizations change initiatives in a way that’s inspiring, memorable, and engaging. These "change anthems" convey key messages in a format that resonates and sticks.

Experiencing Building Change Resiliency Through Freestyle Rapping

Freestyle rapping is another experiential tool that we leverage to help teams deal with the uncertainty and ambiguity often associated with change. In many ways, freestyle rapping is the perfect simulator for change, as the ambiguity, uncertainty, and risk of failure evokes many of the feelings that your team may experience during change.

We use freestyle rap activities with organizations to reinforce skills like agility, ambiguity tolerance, and thinking on one's feet - critical for adapting to change. The improvisational nature of freestyle rapping provides a safe space for employees to practice flexibility. Participants learn how to riff off each other and approach uncertainty with confidence. We then provide teams with a freestyle rap inspired framework for managing emotions, ambiguity, and uncertainty during the change process.

Providing Emotional Support Via Songwriting

SoundStrategies facilitates collaborative songwriting sessions to help organizational announce and explain major changes to employees. Songwriting sessions with employees can also provides an outlet for employees to express hopes and concerns related to organizational change. Hearing diverse emotions through music builds empathy and psychological safety across teams. Songs created become sources of inspiration and comfort during transition, and allows for team members to express themselves in a creative collaborative ways.

Designing Holistic Solutions

SoundStrategies' team of facilitators, musicians, and organizational development experts design comprehensive solutions tailored to each client's change objectives. This ensures music interventions directly address the desired goals and are woven into a cohesive experience. Custom songs and mixtapes , interactive workshops, on-site performances, and more can be combined into an immersive, measurable program that helps you achieve your change objectives.


Managing organizational change is hard, but you don't have to go it alone. The musical interventions described in this article can help your company successfully navigate transitions, boost employee morale, and create a culture of togetherness. But executing these techniques requires specialized expertise. That is where SoundStrategies comes in. Our team of music professionals, facilitators, and change management specialists can help implement music-based programs tailored to your organization's specific needs.

Don't let change initiatives flounder - let the power of music propel your organization forward. Contact SoundStrategies today to learn more about our music-based training, team building, and change management services. Contact us at or visit our website at to get started. Our innovative solutions can help your company manage change effectively. Music is the missing piece - let's connect and explore how SoundStrategies can contribute to your success.

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