For the founder and entrepreneur launching a startup company, it is important to understand the market for your products or services, the needs of your customers and the value proposition you offer, and to be able to make adjustments and even radical changes of direction as facts and circumstances warrant.
Help! I am communicating, but my employees aren’t listening. You’ve sent a dozen emails about the upcoming change, or at least it feels like a dozen, and your employees act like they don’t know anything about it. This article suggests three things you can do to use email to support and enable healthy organizational change.
Turn over every stone, examine everything that you do on a constant basis. Challenge and question the status quo. If you want innovation and change, engage the people on your team with a game changing strategy session. Just ask why.
Change is uncomfortable, and can be disruptive for both leaders and employees. Taking this one simple, but often overlooked, step at the beginning will help reduce the chaos. It will also help you achieve the value intended.
If you don’t plan well before making an organizational change you will almost definitely have to plan for fallout after it’s made. After all, business is like a baseball game: when you get thrown a curveball you’ve got to be ready for it.
At what point should a CEO change the implementation of a business initiative? Change too early, and you risk team dissension. Change too late, and you risk confirming Einstein’s definition of insanity, i.e., doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
As a leader you may have decided you don’t have time to pause your organizational change efforts. There’s too much to do. We need to keep going. This is a mistake. I advocate change leaders “take a pause for the cause.”
It doesn’t matter how much we want or need the change, or the benefits we see, letting go is uncomfortable. It’s helpful for leaders to remember this when initiating organizational change. Leaders are often surprised by employees’ unwillingness to let go, even when they believe they are initiating a change their employees wanted.
Are you feeling the pressure of so much to do and so little time? What do you do when you feel this type of pressure? Do you set more goals, and initiate more changes in effort to get more things done? Ironically the more changes you initiate the less change occurs in their organization. There […]
Every organization has a grapevine. Your grapevine is that informal and usually unsanctioned communication network. It can either help or hinder your change efforts. Unfortunately for most leaders, managers, and employees it’s the latter. A healthy grapevine works for your organizational change efforts, and not against it.