Managing Change in a Company Environment
Making the most of chaos means taking charge and sharing the vision
Change happens. Today's business environment throws managers and their teams into a constant state of flux. The question is no longer "Should we change?" but "How will we deal with change?" How you mobilize and inspire your staff to deal with change can define your leadership style and make your career. Manage change as you:
- Assess the change needed
- Strategize for positive change
- Inspire the people around you
StrategizeYour response to change can be deliberate, proactive and effective when you plan, negotiate, implement and assess change.
Talk about changeFace-to-face communication beats memos when dealing with change. Get your message out the tried-and-true way: talk.
Implement change wellPoorly implemented change can be worse than no change at all, so make sure the change is executed properly.
six steps for change leaders. Run down this checklist of change processes. Find out how to take charge, not just "get through it."
Catalyze changeBeing the conduit for change means taking an active role in facilitating improvement.
Get everyone going in the same directionGet your organization to move from being informed to being empowered and enthusiastic.
Get them inspiredRational appeal will only take you so far when bringing team members on board. Achieving the kind of unity that inspires change means reaching people at the gut level.
Read about itYou're not alone in the process of managing change, as evidenced by the abundance of resources in print on the topic.
- Looking at the whole system will help you see where change needs tweaking.
- Communicate to people at the local level to get their buy-in; WIIFM (What's in It for Me) is still a powerful tool.
- To harness the power of change, enlist it as an ally, not an enemy.
- To bring people on board, utilize their unique strengths and abilities.
- Keep your eye on the next trends to meet change midway and capitalize on it.
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