Successful Change ManagementJuly 2016
In today’s world, change is something you can count on. We all know change is necessary, but it can stop us in our tracks! Having a plan and clear expectations is crucial.
Learn how to inspire your team to not only embrace but accept responsibility for change! It starts with your leadership and clear, consistent communication. Adopt these simple tactics for momentum-building change:
- Set Expectations
Clearly communicate your vision to your team and set expectations. What is your big picture vision for this change? Facilitate open discussions about the vision and direction you are taking the department. Make certain the team knows you are all in this together.
- Allow Mistakes
Make sure the team knows they are empowered to affect change. This means that you, as their manager, give them permission to make mistakes and will have their backs as long as you are always kept apprised of what they are doing.
- Set Measurable Goals
Keep the change from becoming chaos by setting goals. Make them measurable so it’s obvious you meet them. There’s a lot of information available about writing S.M.A.R.T. goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-focused, and Time-bound). Teach your team to create individual S.M.A.R.T. goals that support your own goals.
- Model Behavior
When it comes to coaching change, show your team your commitment through your actions and behaviors. Demonstrate what taking action, continuous development and communication looks like. You will soon see your team imitating the behaviors you demonstrate.
- Communicate Clearly and Continuously
Communicate with your team—and communicate often. Share your vision and expectations. Communicate genuine enthusiasm for the changes and make communication a two-way street.
A team that collaborates—even through momentous change—is a team that makes things happen! The rewards of needed change and the positive affect on the business can be rewards in and of themselves, but it can also bring your team closer and more unified!