“Change is inevitable, growth is intentional.”
A Little Change Goes A Long Way: Out of the 360 degrees in a circle, what significance would you give to one degree? At times, minor changes could have serious consequences and a change in direction happens to be one of them. Farther you go the wider off the mark you reach.
Do you realize a small deviation of just one degree away from the charted course could lead you astray from your goal, or even back to the starting point?
Thinking of change in the corporate world, it is much easier to appreciate the necessity of maintaining your course against all odds.
Flexible leadership finds its strength in bringing home the bacon, so to say, in multiple ways. Although reasonably forgiving, true leaders command the skills to mold the teams under their charge their own way. Instead of using Plans A, B, and C, they use creative methodology to offer suitable options to individuals on their teams. Without making anyone feel the pain of forceful following, their options act as incentives for the teams to stay the course from planning to inception and further on through execution.
Change demands letting go of the existing and adapting to the new. Whether it is working environment, place of residence, school, college or University, we all need to make adjustments one way or another. It is true some of us are more open to change and accept it without much difficulty. However, we can easily find in our midst those chronic complainers that resist all change away from their self-imposed comfort zone. Given such a challenging situation we finds ourselves at the crossroads that need careful selection of options at our disposal.
So long as we are armed with well-researched pros and cons of forthcoming changes, life becomes easier. Lack of such analysis-based decisions will definitely lead to unnecessary aggravation.
Depending upon the severity of proposed changes we also must initiate consensus-building exercises at the earliest. Letting all necessary channel partners know about planned and/or forthcoming changes helps strengthen your leadership in ways more than one. First and foremost, the management team members under your charge will become active partners in execution as their individual input will reflect in the success of such a change.
Next in line is the larger segment of workers, vendors, associates as well as your distribution partners. They will only be more supportive when informed of the goal, the anticipated benefits to their individual cause as well as expectations of their own roles at respective stages.
Such an active system of wider appeal helps boost active participation towards execution of your intended changes. Your leadership takes on a new role from Military Commander to that of a True Leader with Grass-roots Appeal.
In the event you happen to be a Military Commander reading this post, I am sure you will still agree with me on the significance of consensus-building though at a much smaller level, due to the sensitive nature of certain situations. However, feedback from the field can and does impact your decisions more often than not.
Change is the stimulant today’s business environment cannot survive without, in the face of global competition. ‘Survival of the fittest’ finds true meaning in such situations where Billion Dollar behemoths come face-to-face with the nonstop onslaught of petty traders working online.
Gone are the days of ‘comfort zone’ since dynamic market forces dictate how long one business would survive against another in the same field.
Now is the time for us to get rid of our histograms, and focus instead on the latest pictogram, to learn from and prepare a well-founded, forward-looking action plan.