on CNN and the news is full of world leaders who didn't get the message: change
is afoot. From Hosni Mubarak to Muammar el-Qaddaffi, world leaders are waking
up to their people in the streets, demanding change.
lesson can business leaders derive from current world events other than autocrats never win; they
eventually lose their stranglehold on power? According to Washington Post
columnist and leadership consultant John Baldoni, strong leaders,
unlike autocrats, know when it's time to change.
defines strong leaders as individuals
that are "open to alternate points of view and are willing to act on those
points of view if they believe change is necessary."
The Times They Are a Changin'
when to say when to the status quo and yes to change? Change management gurus
use an acronym-ADKAR- to define the various stages of change: awareness,
desire, knowledge, ability and reinforcement. ADKAR promotes successful and
Awareness, the first stage, is critical. Without awareness, change
never gets off the starting blocks. To help nurture awareness, experts
recommend listing the reasons why change is necessary. Next, leaders need to
communicate this awareness throughout the organization. Awareness
must be shared to be successful. Nobody works with mind-readers so get ready to
transmit your vision for change with your staff and organization through one-on-one meetings,
department meetings, interviews, surveys, brainstorming sessions, meeting
building awareness of the need for change, the communicator is as
important as the message. Studies show employees prefer two communicators:
is a two-way street so use these sessions to solicit feedback by asking pointed
questions. For example, rather than asking "what needs to be changed?" ask "how
can we increase sales by spending X dollars?"
Targeted questions will produce answers that illustrate the need for
change in the organization.
remember in all things be patient. Change won't happen overnight. Creating and
spreading awareness takes time; allow awareness to firmly take hold before
tackling the next phase of ADKAR.
Have you helped lead your organization through change?
Do you have any tips or strategies for effecting long-lasting change? Share
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