Get ready for change...


 

My consulting partner and I conduct workshops on strategy and planning for companies large and small. We find that professionals who are highly skilled at what they do often don’t know about this process. Our workshops always start with learning how to prepare for change: in how they think about and approach this kind of effort and prepare themselves and their team for adapting to change. Many of them are afraid to try new strategies because they fear they may fail. So, we lead them through exercises designed to (1) assess resistance to change, (2) plan for change, (3) introduce and communicate change, (4) get everyone engaged in the change process, and (5) manage and coach others throughout the change process. No matter change is hard to accept because it takes people outside their comfort zone – from where they are and what they know into the unknown. It’s the fear of the unknown that ultimately needs to be overcome – by reading about how it’s done and what others have experienced, by understanding the steps that need to be taken, by making sure they have a good plan for change, and being flexible while sticking to. Doing this with trusted colleagues and supportive leaders provides the added comfort of knowing that they’re all in it together. This kind of planning and support eases the transition from where they are to where they need to be. Open your mind to the possibilities of change today.

 

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