Managing Change is this week’s topic in our COMPASS series. Do you agree that change is both a challenge and an opportunity? That it’s a source of stress and excitement? That change is an ongoing process rather than a single event?
People underestimate their capacity for change. There is never a right time to do a difficult thing. A leader’s job is to help people have vision of their potential.
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UNDERSTANDING THE NEED FOR CHANGE HELPS MANAGE IT!
In a recent survey we conducted, only 11% of the responders felt they managed change effectively.
Given the times, we need to expect that change will continue to occur at a rapid pace, and we should anticipate and prepare for discomfort and uncertainty. Change impacts us differently; while some may be energized and flourish, others may become almost immobilized.
Change is continual and communication is key. As leaders we need to communicate more than ever; it’s critical we provide information and impacts, and it’s equally important that we listen and sense how others are feeling.
Replacing uncertainty and ambiguity with clarity will create a climate of trust and reduce levels of anxiety. Make it a priority to understand and clearly communicate all changes and associated impacts!
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The most important thing any organization can do to accomplish change successfully is to make sure that people at every level – especially managers and leaders – know and use an effective change process and sound change management activities that help people to understand how to support and/or create sustainable change.
Who Moved My Cheese?-Spencer Johnson,M.D.
Change The Culture, Change The Game-Roger Connors and Tom Smith
Help change inspire creativity and be motivating rather than debilitating!