Follow this 4 Part Process from a Leading Melbourne Based Business Coach to Cause Positive and Enduring Change in Your Company
In an enterprise, the majority of us have been advised at some point in time that, “if you’re not moving forwards you’re actually moving backwards.” In essence, this goes straight to the heart of why change is vital to a positive and sound business. Well balanced businesses move with the times and reinvent themselves. Weak companies struggle against change, stagnate and then fade away.
Change is the central component of growth and in business change demands vision, a driving team as well as a tight context if it is to be produced successfully as well as favourably. This is why successful leadership is so essential in an organization.
However while taking a look at change, it is necessary to not chuck the baby out with the bathwater because, on the flipside to change is the importance of consistency which is likewise essential, specifically in processes that relate to product, quality control, revenue or even, to an extent, organic development.
So, these two opposing principles should exist together in a healthy business. How do we create that? The answer is to appreciate the fact that successful businesses require both change and consistency. Change being the realm of business leaders and consistency being the realm of managers.
Thinking about this pair side-by-side, it is not hard to see why consistency along with change (or for that matter business managers and business leaders) are typically testing to bind together. In this article, I’m going to examine the core aspects of effective leadership including how these elements combine to yield positive and enduring change. As a professional leader, the formula I use to deliver this adaptation involves an easy but powerful four step procedure which I strongly recommend, here it is:
Pose the Questions that Challenge
I sometimes wonder whether it is harder to recognize where you’re truly starting from or where you are specifically attempting to reach! As business people and entrepreneurs, we are inclined to succumb to the temptation of viewing our business endeavours through coloured glasses and neglect to consciously recognize where we are starting from – our ‘point A’.
Acknowledging your actual point A is tough stuff: it is solely achieved by having the guts to distinguish, ask, then honestly address every one of the confronting questions that apply to your business, your approach and also how you’re proceeding towards it. You know the questions; they are the same ones you often stumble over when they hit you out of the blue at a party!
My suggestion– pull on your thickest skin, have somebody else to distinguish then ask the questions that have to be asked … and don’t allow your vanity to hinder the honest self-questioning that ought to come after. It may make the difference separating your success from your failure!
Identify and Feel Your Reason Why
Identifying both the specific details of your ‘change vision’ (your ‘point B’) and also the specifics of your true, core reason for change is likewise challenging. If there is an absolute number one key for achieving favourable and also lasting change, though, this is it.
Without specifics, your vision (Point B) is simply a dream. Without a deep and authentic reason as to why you want to chase after your vision, you will certainly have a hard time to inspire many people towards it. People need to share your passion. To inspire your team, you have to be able to move them, emotionally. Fortunately, those co-workers who do share and welcome your vision will certainly stay with you and become the driving force for creating it. This is why great leaders recognize the carrot is mightier than the stick.
My suggestion– identify the kinds of men and women you require to cause your change vision. Spend enough time to ascertain specifically who they might be then what it is about your vision that may excite them.
Create a Simple, Straightforward Plan of Attack
From here on, the cornerstones of your success are adhering to what works, keeping it simple … and then continuing to fuel the interest that binds your driving staff to your vision. Having already clarified your ‘why’, assigning undisturbed thinking time to recognising the vital components of your ‘how’ is essential. My tip – try to include your driving team in this process:
– Identify the repeatable activities that will achieve your objective (keep these simple).
– Recognize both the resources you have readily available and also the resources you will need (actually require!).
– Ascertain the finite list of things that could block your progress. Create contingency plans for the ones that are truly precarious.
Attain the Positive and Sustainable Change You Seek
Staying on course and achieving positive and sustainable transformation is a 99% leadership and 1% management mixture of fuel, context and accountability.
The fuel part is PR in its purest form. Its objective is to build and then maintain momentum: communicate the vision, teach the simple, repeatable steps, celebrate successes … and ultimately teach your driving team to do the exact same things. Each reinforces that the change vision is bona fide and that the group’s approach is the most suitable one.
Significantly, as leader, the code of conduct or ‘context’ you develop around your team as well as its behaviour is critical to their ability to unify and then attain outcomes. Your group will look to you to uphold this code at all times and as you do it will certainly start to take a life of its very own.
This is where keeping on track and also achieving positive and enduring change needs your individual commitment, courage as well as discipline: being consistent with the message you teach and also getting in touch with your team in an authentic fashion when delivering it is important.
Your capacity to produce and cultivate a solid context is directly commensurate to your capability to do these things, and with a solid context your group will self-manage; self-align; move mountains; and then generate the positive and sustainable changes you are looking for.
My recommendation– Take a deep breath and then be prepared to be human, to acknowledge shortcomings and to be open to change yourself. When you have the guts to do these things, you will be valued and also followed as a leader in a far more compelling fashion.