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What Matters Now Riff-Off: Reality

In ! Kristy, Change, Leaders on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 9:53 am

REALITY

 …There’s no such thing as “steady state” anymore… change is the new black.

 … If you wait until things calm down to launch your project, charter a team, talk to people about their careers, or otherwise get work done, it’ll never happen.

 …Coming to terms personally with constant change, and then leading your team through constant change, is the most important thing you can do as a leader in the current reality.

 … It’s also the most difficult thing to do as a leader… it’s one of those management “perks” they forget to tell you about in the interview.

 … It can be done… with transparency, authenticity, humility/servant leadership, and a keen sense of:

  • Where you are in the change process and what you are doing to help yourself navigate successfully
  • How each individual team member is reacting to the change at any given moment, and how you need to flex your approach to help each of them succeed

 … It’s tempting to gloss over the difficulty of change and take the easy way out.

 … Signs you’re taking the easy way out include:

  •  “I sent a very thorough email about the change… what’s the problem?”
  • (or worse), “Corporate Communications sent a very thorough email about the change… what’s the problem?”
  • “Our external consultant is handling change management; they’ll figure all that stuff out for us.”
  • “The change is long over; time to suck it up and move on.”

 … Constant change requires that we find our grounding, stability and clarity in a place outside of work. And this is not a bad thing at all.

 … Change is exhilarating, challenging, and it can fuel your fears and your cynicism… or your joy and your passion. The cool part is, you get to choose. Choose wisely, peeps!

(Bring it, JLO.)

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