Janet Onyia arrived at Opencast in August as director of transformation and change. Here she reflects on her work and progress so far – and explains how the right approach and processes can help other scaling organisations to take advantage of the opportunities offered by change.
I joined Opencast this summer in the newly established role of director of transformation and change with a huge sense of excitement about joining a forward-thinking business that’s looking to scale to the next level of its growth.
At the heart of my role at is a mission to lead change management and oversee transformational activities within the business. This is to ensure we have the right fundamentals and foundations in place for further expansion, after doubling in size and revenue in the past two years.
Getting these foundations in place will not only allow us to operate from a place of strategic proactivity, but it’ll set us up to react to the market and enable us to implement technologies more quickly. It also means we’ll be better prepared for the next step in our journey to greater heights.
To propel our growth and evolution, it’s key to ensure that the company-wide transformation we embark on is well organised, properly managed, and is governed and reported on effectively. As organisations grow, there’s a need to evolve the way they work, including changing the policies that govern the way they work.
In my first three months with the business, I’ve followed a clear process for addressing and understanding the challenges and opportunities that come about with change. I’m now able to reflect on progress so far – and think about how other scaling organisations could learn from the approach we’re adopting here.
During this important first three months, we’ve embarked upon a deep discovery period – with a sharp focus on the key elements of people, process and tech. We’re now using the findings of our discovery phase to supercharge the next phase of our transformation, and ultimately drive further growth for the business. Below are some key considerations.