Changes in working places happen more and more often nowadays. I have experienced myself so many dynamic/unstable working places that I decided to explore a bit this topic.
The reasons may be different: new challenges imposed by the market or by the customers, new technologies or new policies.
You can experience both personal and organisational changes. Personal changes may be transitions or career moves; organisational changes may be reorganisation or adjustment in the managerial structure.
The main goal for the manager(s) taking the lead of the innovation is to get the buy-in of their staff and the other managers. They need to minimise the impact on productivity, reduce the adverse impact on stakeholders and achieve the desired outcomes as soon as possible.
A common reaction that you can expect is resistance to change. Have a look at the following graphics, that shows how it goes with individual emotions:
A change consists in leaving an old situation, in which you are in your comfort zone because you can control the environment, to go in a new and unknown setting.
To be able to do this as a leader, you need to perform some actions:
- Give flawless information and clear direction;
- Present the long-term vision and translate it into a step by step action plan;
- Involve as much as possible all the staff by sharing your leadership and assigning responsibilities.
- Create urgency: get everyone talking about the reasons for change
- Form a powerful coalition: find people at all levels and from across your organization who will support you
- Create a vision: sum up the difference that your transformation will make
- Communicate your vision: be clear and inspirational but also honest
- Remove obstacles: quickly tackle any processes or people who might be blocking change
- Create short-terms wins: set small goals that contribute to the big change, so that everyone can see and enjoy the progress
- Build on the change: practice your new processes to make sure they are solid. Keep looking out for opportunities to improve even more
- Anchor the change in your culture: celebrate and record every success, and recruit and retain people who share your values.
How do you react to change? Do you think that a change can be considered also a chance?
Cristiana @ crisbiecoach.
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