Real Change: Add Behavior to Your Vision

We like to talk about the importance of “vision”, leadership, and change. When it comes to communication, visionary changes can be captured with images and big picture ideals; but behavioral changes need to be grounded in the specific.

Take-away for today: Make your changes specific so that people know what to do and can tell whether or not they got it right.

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Things like Risk, Communications, and Strategic Decision-Making are great topics for philosophical conversation and painting the big picture. If you want people to change what they are doing, then you need to tell them what to do in a way that they can act on and know that they are doing it right. Here’s what that looks like:

Item: Take more risks.

Example: “When you are deciding to open up a new sales territory, go ahead once you’ve determined that there is at least a 60% chance of success. Don’t wait until 90%.”

If I’m the individual, now I know what the rules are and how I can determine whether or not I did it properly.                        

Item: Communicate more, not less.

Example: “When you have new information regarding one of our customers in Sweden, send it out the same day to all of our business unit Sales Managers in Europe.”

If I’m the individual, now I know what the rules are and how I can determine whether or not I did it properly.  

Change Management continues to captivate organizational leaders seeking to introduce “change” with as much acceptance and as little disruption as possible That’s a good thing. There’s always something new going on no matter where you work. Which makes it even more important to be able to do it and not just become captivated by the theories.

What’s your experience with change initiatives?

One more time: Make your changes specific so that people know what to do and can tell whether or not they got it right.

If you found this helpful, I think you will enjoy Initiating a Change? Ponder This.


 


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Steve has designed and delivered leadership and communication programs for some of the world's largest organizations, and has more than 30 years in training, development, and high-level executive coaching. His Roesler Group has created and delivered leadership and talent development internationally for corporations such as Pfizer, Minerals Technologies, Johnson & Johnson, NordCarb Oy Ab, and Specialty Minerals--Europe. Steve is currently involved in the latest update of his Presenting With Impact program, a cross-cultural presentations workshop that has been delivered on five continents to more than 1,000 participants representing nearly 60 nationalities.

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