Ducks in a Row: 7 Steps to Change

Ducks in a Row: 7 Steps to Change

Post from: MAPpingCompanySuccess you want to create change, whether of culture, process or something else, there are seven steps you need to follow whether you are CEO or a first line supervisor,

  1. Know who you are: This step is strictly between you and yourself, so you need to be brutally frank as to your attitudes, motivation, what’s important, what’s OK to do, etc., if you want to create authentic change.
  2. Define your goals: Whatever change you want to effect needs to be well-defined and make sense to those affected.
  3. Know what you have: Honestly assess (warts and all) whatever it is you want to change.
  4. Be aware of the cost of change: Every/any action has a price and change is no different, so it is important to be sure the improvement/ROI is worth the cost.
  5. Don’t assume: The human race functions to a great extent on various sets of unconscious assumptions. In the workplace people tend to assume that people with similar educations, experience levels, positions, etc., have similar mindsets, attitudes and philosophies. Predicating acceptance of change on the assumption of deep, unproven commonality is a recipe for disaster.
  6. Don’t overwhelm the troops: Whatever the target and goal of the change recognize that you can’t just come in, make an announcement, and expect people to buy into the vision. Present it in small bite-size pieces and such a way that people feel they have input in the process, which creates a feeling of ownership.
  7. Communicate and sell—don’t order and tell: No matter how positive the goal of the change you can’t just walk in on Monday and announce the new whatever and expect people to cooperate for understandable three reasons.
  8. It’s unlikely that anybody will believe you (talk’s cheap);
  9. if you’re new it’s unlikely they’ll trust you (no track record with them);
  10. whether you’re proposing a radical change or just tweaking something, generally speaking, people hate change and need a compelling reason to get on the bandwagon.
  11. In the final analysis what you do carries far more weight than anything you say, so be sure you have the courage to walk your talk.

    Flickr image credit: Jannes Pockele

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