1) Acknowledging that there is a problem. A company, a family, or an individual can't make the required corrections until there is full acknowledgement that a problem exist,
2) Embracing the possibility for change. Once I open myself up to change, I get a flood of ideas and thoughts that before seemed unnecessary and worthless.
3) Seeking input from others. It written that there is wisdom in the counsel of many. What helps in the transformation process is having a community of people who will be open and honest with me. Outsiders like consultants, advisors, and mentors can be a great resource.
4) Creating a roadmap. Once there is clarity associated with the need for a change, a transformation, it's essential to establish a vision (what the new change will look like and what new things will be realized), some objectives, a plan of action with completion dates, and a list of required resources.
5) Consider the potential obstacles. Like the title of the old Daniel Day Lewis movie, "There will be blood". Every change will exact its own "pound of flesh". It's essential to be aware of the possible hurdles that can arise and prepare for them.
In the end, like the old song says..."It's going to be worth it".