“Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

One of the blocks to organisational growth is sophistication bias. Organisations and leaders who believe their own PR and overlook the reality of where they really are. The author Patrick Lencioni said, “Sophistication Bias. This is a failure to embrace practical concepts they deem too simple to be difference-making. They ignore the simple in search of something more complex, innovative or intellectually clever.”

One of the simple practical concepts is that of a straightforward evaluation of the maturity of your organisation or team. To address this, here’s a maturity model that, in under 10 minutes, you can assess where you are and what to do next.

It’s called the Incremental Change Management Maturity Model (ICM3)

The Incremental Change Management Maturity Model (ICM3) is a simple way to asses the ‘real’ maturity of your team or organisation. This is a good indicator of where you are before you even attempt to use a more complex maturity model.

To achieve the stage, your organisation must have 100% compliance for all projects that are being funded or managed as stand-alone projects. (i.e. not part of business as usual / normal operations). Should you choose to accept anything below 100%, our experience shows that each 5% increment below 100% – especially in the first two stages – has an exponential negative impact at later stages.

There are four stages in the ICM3

Simple Standards

the bare minimum,
but you want

Common Practice

basic information, but you want

Better Practice

Good info, basic compliance, but you want

Best Practice

You’re ready to adopt global best practice

Complete the Change Readiness Survey. Find out what stage of maturity your team has achieved and strategies to grow to the next stage.