A recent article by Stuart Hayes sheds light on mastering change in your business, here’s some of what he had to say:
Change is the key element of growth and in business change calls for vision, a driving team and a tight context if it is to be delivered effectively and positively. This is why powerful leadership is so essential in a business.
However while taking a look at change, it is necessary to not throw the baby out with the bath-water because, on the other side of the coin is the value of consistency and consistency is also vital, especially in processes that apply to product, quality, profit or even, to some extent, natural growth.
So, this pair of contrasting principles must exist side-by-side in a healthy company. How do we get to that? The answer is to recognize that successful companies need both change as well as consistency. Change is the realm of business leaders while consistency the specialty of business managers.
Thinking about this pair side by side, it is not difficult to see why consistency along with change (or for that matter managers and leaders) are commonly challenging to unify.
In his article, he fleshes out the core components of adept leadership including how these aspects work together to effect favorable and enduring change. As a professional leader, the formula he utilizes to produce this adaptation involves a simple 4-step procedure, as outlined here:
#1. Ask yourself the challenging questions
#2. Feel the reason
#3. Design a straigtforward plan of action
#4. Attain positive and sustainable change
After going into depth on these points he goes on to say, importantly, as leader, the code of conduct or ‘context’ you establish around your group as well as its behavior is pivotal to their capability to unify and accomplish outcomes. Your team will look to you to live up to this code at all times and when you do it will start to have a life of its very own.
This is where staying on track as well as achieving positive and sustainable change needs your individual dedication, courage as well as discipline: being consistent with the message you teach and then getting in touch with your group in a genuine fashion when delivering it is most important.
Your capability to create and cultivate a compelling context is directly commensurate to your ability to do these things, and with a solid context your group will self manage; self align; move mountains; and then create the positive and sustainable changes you desire.
Stuarts recommendation: Take a deep breath and be prepared to be human, to admit shortcomings and to be open to change yourself. You will certainly be appreciated and also followed as a leader in a far more powerful fashion when you have the nerve to do these things.