One research paper by McKinsey concluded ‘that 70 percent of change programs fail to achieve their goals, largely due to employee resistance and lack of management support’. It also noted that ‘when people are truly invested in change it is 30 percent more likely to stick’.
I find both of these numbers shocking. The former because the failure rate is so high. The latter because even with fully invested people the change success rate seems so low. I do not doubt McKinsey’s research, yet there must be a way to improve the odds of change surviving and taking hold in a corporate setting.