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Top Solutions For Making Changes Easily
By: Louise Corica, Principal, Time2Manage - Business Management Solutions | Thursday 6 November, 2014
Change is inevitable, however, for many people it’s also frightening. Some people accept change easily, and others resist it. LOUISE CORICA provides tips on how to overcome the barriers to change so you move forward in a direction that empowers you to achieving your goals.
Today you are where you are because of your past decisions. If you want to be somewhere else change is the only thing that will get you there.
Woodrow Wilson once said, “You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world”.
When making change, promise yourself that you will stay positive and focused on your goals. There are two important points to remember when making change: first you need to ‘start’ one proposed change idea, and then you will need to finish it before progressing to the next.
It is important to consider when, where and who will be part of those changes. Understanding the extent of the change you are about to embark on will also provide you with the opportunity to make essential adjustments to your plans along the way.
To achieve success when making change, there are several key points to keep in the forefront of your mind:
- Stay focused on your vision of change.
- Know what questions to ask yourself when you start.
- Use clear communication when sharing relevant information.
- Understand your personnel problems.
- Provide adequate explanations.
- Clearly identify outcomes.
- Be realistic in your involvement in the project
It’s amazing how many people enthusiastically commence making changes without fully understanding the effect of those changes and the impact they may have on their people and the business itself. So, it is important to have a clear perspective and a list of answered questions and priorities when delivering the change message. Simply selecting the right time to speak, and demonstrating respect of others’ ideas is essential and a good place to start.
For the best results when making change, take each aspect of the process step by step. Utilising the right ideas and the right people in a change project is critical. This enhances the chances your change vision will be a success. Far too often business leaders attempt to impress their own team leaders and as a result forget the people who are the ones to implement the change. Know your people well. It is important to manage your attitude and embrace change during this phase.
You are in charge of your destiny, whether it’s your day-to-day activities or a lifelong passion yet unfulfilled.
In order to make changes effective it is important to use an appropriate methodology. Often people may not know where to start and consequently this affects their progress.
Applying yourself by using the key points provided will identify how to make changes that actually work.
When you decide to make changes, consider how much assistance will be required. In fact, ask yourself how much will be needed? Where the project is time challenged, calculate it in terms of technology and people requirements.
As a business owner, it is important to be ‘in touch’ with the challenges your people may have with your proposed change ideas. Listen closely to what they see as a challenge.
After all they are at the coalface of the changes you propose, and therefore need to know that you will support them too.
Regularly review the above key points during the change process from start to finish and you are on your way to achieving an effective outcome. Oh, and don’t forget that promise you made at the beginning: stay positive and focused on your goals.