One of the first questions I often hear walking into a new role is “you aren’t going to change everything are you?” Sometimes the question is more subtle than that, but the sentiment is the same. Many people don’t like change and as a leader, you will invariably need to implement change successfully if you are to be successful. In fact, you will need to be a Change Catalyst if you are going to reach your potential as a leader. So how do you get people on board?
The key to successful change, like so many things, is early management. There are several steps to successfully implementing change, even before your roll it out:
1.) Identify the area of improvement.
2.) Explore options.
3.) Decide on the best option.
4.) Communicate the change.
5.) Overcoming resistance to change.
6.) Document the best practice.
7.) Implement the change.
Like so many of the things leaders need to do to be successful, these steps do not sound difficult. The challenge is to take the time to do each of these steps well, even in today’s hectic world. We will explore each of these steps in further detail in future posts on this blog to help you become a Change Catalyst and to help you achieve your potential as a leader. [tweetmeme]