Change has become a source of fear in many people, especially for those in the business sector. It is looked upon as something that signals the coming of difficult times.
If members of the workforce would just view the change without bias, it can be proven to be far from what its reputation stands for.
You see, change is not something to be afraid of, but instead it is something to look forward to, because of the opportunities and adventure it so often provides.
And since change will always happen – no matter what – it is much better to be skilled in taking control of these types of situations, whether you are leading change or a part of those on the receiving end.
For any organization, those with change management skills are vital to bring forth, because managing change is a relatively simple capability that many people may already have within themselves. If not, they can easily be developed through time and a little practice.
The first – and probably most important – change management skill, is being able to connect well with other people. Communication is the key to building trust within teams and the individuals in them, which in turn leads to them treating each other with respect and care.
This makes it easy for everyone involved to cooperate in discovering the best way forward during changing times and situations.
Next, those leading change must also have a clear cut idea of where things are going to go. This enables them to easily discuss and collaborate with others in planning on facing these adjustments as well as seeking their valuable inputs, which in turn develops commitment and inclusion.
Another important change management skill is consistency. With this, everything else done in relation to the change that is happening is executed with fairness and equality in mind. Helping those involved have a framework within which the change will take place and reduces the sense of simply not knowing what’s going on.
Along with consistency comes planning wisely. By doing so, you and your colleagues will be able to prepare for whatever will come your way. By considering (almost!) every possibility and planning every step – usually to agreed timescales – progress will be predictable and you’ll be ready for any surprises.
Last, but not the least in change management, leaders – and their teams too – must always have self-discipline and persistence. With the former, scheduled changes will surely be followed on the dot and through to achieve the outcomes required.
While with the latter, it can be certain that whatever has been decided will push through, no matter the hardships that come along with it. This will add value at the end of the day, which is the whole point of change.
Change and, for leaders, change management, really aren’t anything to be feared, because it is better to be skilled in taking control when change comes along. So instead of running away when you hear about change, get prepared to get going.
It’s the best way to make constructive progress where everyone involved is part of a win-win solution.
© Martin Haworth 2011. This is an expanded version of just one of many change management ideas, from Resilience in Change. For your free – downloadable today – ‘Managing Change’ Super-Simple Success Tips e-book, visit http://www.ResilienceInChange.com