Wednesday 12 March 2014

Are you thriving in the change business?

A CEO client of mine with over 4000 employees in his business is always reminding people through his words and actions “We are in the change business.”

Whatever your product/s/service/s, you, like me, and everybody else, are in the change business. Are you thriving? 

Here are 3 key ways to thrive on the challenges of change

1) Accept the fact that all change is personal first, relationship change second, and organisational change a distant third. 

“If you will change, everything will change for you.” said Jim Rohn.

Work hard on changing yourself. People follow those who lead by example. Become a master at adapting without betraying your values. 

Charles Darwin got it right.

2) Think and act like a maverick

My heroes are mavericks – rebels, radicals, dissenters, disrupters, heretics, non-conformists, contrarians, the label doesn’t matter. I am particularly passionate about maverick thinking and action that leads to radical transformation of the way we work because much of the way we work isn’t working.

What isn’t working in your business? Change it.
What could be better in your business? Change it.
Where are you falling short of your stakeholders expectations? Change It.

Albert Einstein was on the money when he observed. “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

When it comes to what isn’t working, what could be better, and where you are falling short in your business, think differently. Think like a maverick.

3) Work diligently every single day to find and maintain a shared-view with your employees about:

where you are (reality)
where you're going (possibility)
why you're going there (purpose)
how you will get there (strategy)
who will do what and when (execution)
how you will know you are on track (milestones and lead measures)
how you will behave along the way (values)

“If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.”
General Eric Shinseki, former Chief of Staff of the US Army.

You are in the change business like each and every one of us. The question is, Are you thriving?

Be the difference you want to see in the world.

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