Four steps to lead through change
2. Move quickly -- One of the success strategies for nimbly moving through change is to get to the New phase as quickly as possible. Get started by moving through the Action phase and find a footing in this New phase where you can begin to experiment with new processes. Look at the resources and skills you are bringing with you to assist in this change process. Your problem solving, analytical, and time management skills are all tools that will help with the change. Recognize some things will be ending, some will be continuing and some will be new because of the change. When you can identify those items it takes the fear of the unknown away.
3. Communicate continuously – Don’t assume because you told people once they fully understand the reason and process for change. Communicate consistently and often. Use different media. Don’t assume an e-mail or website will be read and all questions will be answered. Regularly ask for feedback on what’s working and what’s not working. Ask members of your team to describe back to you the reason for change and why it is important. This will enable you to determine if they understand why the change is taking place. Continue this exercise throughout the phases of change as reinforcement.
4. Recognize early achievements -- Try to attain small victories and accomplishments early and celebrate these small wins quickly. Don’t wait for monthly or quarterly reviews. Recognize the accomplishments on a weekly or even daily basis for some milestones. Give credit where credit is due. You build value and show yourself and others they have the ability to act and make progress in the change process.
Clint sat down with Riley and discussed the importance of changing to weekly meetings. He explained the weekly meetings would provide Riley and his team more focus, accountability and empowerment implementing the new software program. Instead of micromanagement, it would allow them to establish credibility quickly and be more productive moving through the change process. Once Riley understood the reason behind the weekly meetings and their importance, he accepted the change.
When you understand the three phases of change and how to navigate through them, then you CAN be successful in moving through change to reach your objectives.
Chuck Inman is a leadership and emotional intelligence specialist. He is a keynote speaker, trainer, coach and founder of Crystal Clear Motivation, LLC. To find out more information, visit www.ChuckInman.com.