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Audience Segmentation for Positioning of Change

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Executive Council for Leading Change

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In an ever-evolving corporate landscape, the ability to communicate change effectively across diverse audience segments stands as a cornerstone for successful transformation. In fact, mastering the art of change communication should be as crucial as the change itself. The recent ECLC roundtable, led by leaders from across industries, dived into this challenge, uncovering strategies that not only address the mechanics of change but also the human elements that drive acceptance and engagement.

5 Key Strategies for Segmenting & Positioning Change

The discussion at the roundtable surfaced several key strategies that are essential for enabling executives to segment and position organizational change:

1. Embracing Customization

It’s crucial to understand that each segment within an organization has its own culture, language, and resistance points. Tailoring messages to these specific attributes can significantly increase the relevance and impact of communication, ensuring that every individual feels directly addressed and understood.

2. Frontline Feedback as a Compass

Directly engaging with those who are closest to the operational impacts of change provides critical insights into the practicalities of implementation. This engagement not only brings authenticity to the change process but also empowers employees by giving them a voice, thereby enhancing the overall strategy based on real-world feedback.

3. Milestone Mapping

Establishing clear, measurable goals throughout the change process helps to visualize progress, celebrate small wins, and maintain momentum. This approach keeps the organization aligned and focused, providing tangible evidence of advancement that can motivate and reassure stakeholders.

4. Leadership as Catalysts

Active and visible support from leadership is non-negotiable for successful change. When leaders embody the change they wish to see, it sends a powerful message throughout the organization, encouraging others to follow suit and reinforcing the commitment to transformation at all levels.

5. Diverse Mediums for Message Dissemination

Leveraging a mix of communication channels — from digital platforms like Tigerhall to face-to-face meetings — ensures that the message of change is accessible to everyone, regardless of their preferred mode of communication. This variety also allows for the repetition of key messages in different formats, reinforcing understanding and engagement.

Voices of the ECLC - 5 Key Quotes:

Drawing from diverse industries, ECLC executives shared pivotal strategies for audience segmentation and change positioning:

2 Common Challenges Faced

The discussion also touched on overcoming challenges,such as resistance to change and the effective delivery of change messages to the target audience.

1. Overcoming Resistance to Change

A prevalent challenge identified was the inherent resistance to change found within organizations. Participants discussed strategies for understanding the root causes of resistance and emphasized the importance of addressing these concerns directly through empathetic communication and engagement.

2. Ensuring Message Penetration Across Segments

Another significant challenge highlighted was ensuring that change messages effectively reach and resonate with all segments of an organization. This includes overcoming information overload and finding the right balance between generic corporate messaging and highly personalized communication that speaks to specific group needs.


This executive roundtable hosted by the Executive Council for Leading Change (ECLC) underscores the multifaceted approach required to navigate audience segmentation in change management effectively. By embracing customization, soliciting frontline feedback, celebrating milestones, leveraging leadership, and diversifying communication channels, organizations can build a culture of adaptability and resilience.

The Executive Council for Leading Change

The Executive Council for Leading Change (ECLC) is a global organization that brings executives together to redefine the landscape of organizational change and transformation. Our council's aim is to advance strategic leadership expertise in the realm of corporate change by connecting visionary leaders. It's a place where leaders responsible for significant change initiatives can collaborate, plan, and create practical solutions for intricate challenges in leading large organizations through major shifts.

In a world where change is constant, we recognize its crucial role in driving business success. ECLC’s mission is to create a community where leaders can excel in guiding their organizations through these dynamic times.

Interested in joining ECLC? Learn the membership criteria and sign-up here.

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