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Adapting To Change With Microsoft 365

Change is inevitable - and for the right leader, it can be the best opportunity to advance! Learn how to adapt to change and unleash new potential with the latest from Office365Distilled podcast! This Blog post s based on this Wee Dramm podcast from SeiSteve & Marijn Somers AKAR Distilled


Here’s a hard truth that all leaders need to understand: change is a part of any successful workflow or application. Whether you’re looking to adopt new processes, technology, or practices, knowing how to respond proactively and intelligently pays off.




As Microsoft 365 continues to update and improve, change is an opportunity for businesses of all sizes to innovate. With the latest applications and features, companies can access cutting-edge tools that streamline their workflow and provide insight into how processes can be improved more efficiently.


Yet change can be a scary thing for even the most senior of executives. The key is to approach change with a mindset that is prepared to adopt and adapt. The ability to navigate updates and bring along others in the process can be a major factor in success.


By leveraging training and resources, you can ensure that your business is ready to react thoughtfully to any changes that come its way. But how? Read on to learn how you can use change as an agent of growth in your business.



Adaptability: Key To Successful Change

Success in today's business world requires flexibility and a willingness to change. The landscape constantly shifts, and the best organizations can adapt by continuously evolving their strategies. But adapting to change can't be done without the right perspective.


Change Is Coming - So Embrace The Wave!

First and foremost, it's essential to understand that things will change – consistently. Implementing these technologies requires you to be flexibly prepared for any eventuality.


For example, Amazon is a company that has survived and even thrived in an ever-changing business landscape through continual innovation. From e-commerce to cloud computing and even their film & TV industry offerings, Amazon has always been able to adjust to stay ahead of the curve.

What If Change Is Your Next Evolution?

Another excellent example of an organization that has adapted successfully is Corning. For years, Corning was known for producing high-quality glass products. However, as technology moved on, they realized that mass-produced glass no longer suited their needs – they needed to move into new markets like cookware (with Gorilla Glass) or fiber optics (with Opaque Glass).


By being flexible enough to adapt as the industry changes, Corning could stay ahead of the competition and maintain their top spot in the market.


But what does this mean for businesses like yours? It means embracing change is crucial for success - and if your organization is willing to do that, you could stand out in a crowded marketplace. You can be bold and creative with your plans, taking calculated risks when necessary - all while staying up-to-date on industry trends and developments.


By harnessing the power of these tools and technologies, teams can quickly create competitive solutions without starting from scratch each time – ultimately helping them keep up with any changes in the market.


10 Tips for Taking Change Head-On

It's no secret that Microsoft 365 can be a bit deceptive in its title. After all, the name implies that there is some kind of consistency over the year, but this simply is not the case. In fact, Microsoft 365 can change and evolve quite a bit from one year to the next.


So if you’re going to take advantage of the change that new 365 updates bring, it's crucial to have a mindset that is open to improvement and willing to embrace change.


This isn't easy – after all, we're usually used to viewing ourselves as consultants or change managers who are responsible for making things consistent across an entire organization. But if we approach MS 365 implementation with an entrepreneurial spirit, every project has the potential for improvement.


Here are some ten tips for embracing change with MS 365:

  1. Start by acknowledging that change is inevitable – and necessary. Microsoft 365 updates don't just come out of the blue; they often represent changes in business needs, customer preferences, technology trends, or, most commonly, a combination of these. Ensure you understand why the changes are being made and how they'll benefit your business.

  2. Break the project into manageable chunks to simplify the process and ensure it doesn't overwhelm you. Look at each piece of the puzzle, assign tasks, set timelines, and define success criteria for each step of the transition plan.

  3. Make sure you involve all stakeholders – from senior management to end users. Get their feedback and buy-in so everyone is on board with the changes and understands how these updates will affect them.

  4. Develop a clear communication plan. Make a plan for the transition process to ensure that all stakeholders are informed of progress, upcoming deadlines, and any changes or improvements made along the way.

  5. Have an open dialogue. Stay in contact with stakeholders and create an atmosphere of transparency to ensure everyone is informed of the project's progress.

  6. Remember risk! Identify areas of potential difficulty or risk and establish plans to address them during the transition period.

  7. Monitor and evaluate. Keep track of the transition process closely to ensure it meets your desired outcomes and timelines, making adjustments as needed.

  8. Celebrate! Celebrate success when the transition is complete, recognizing all stakeholders' contributions to a successful project.

  9. Keep up your progress on paper. Document the process results to use as a reference for future projects and initiatives.

  10. Learn lessons and refine processes. Remember to reflect on how the procedure went to maximize efficiency in future projects.

The Bottom Line: Stay Adaptable!

If an organization is to implement an MS 365 change successfully, it must remain flexible and open to change. Teams should be well-versed in the latest technologies and trends and always look for opportunities to improve their workflow. This will require a bit of trial and error, but as long as teams remain open to change, they will find success.


Ultimately, it's up to each team member to ensure their MS 365 project is successful. By continuously seeking new opportunities for improvement and staying open to change, the potential for success is significantly increased.


With regular maintenance and innovation, MS 365 projects can deliver quality outcomes and a great customer experience. And when you can score big on customer satisfaction, that's the true definition of success.



Change is inevitable - but you have the skills and confidence to take it on. Want to learn how to unlock your potential as a consultant or organizational change agent? Subscribe to Microsoft365 Distilled - the only podcast combining the expertise of experts in technology with the inspiring tastes of the world’s best spirits!


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