Change is tough sometimes. Well, it can be hard all the time. But it doesn’t have to be. It’s just as hard or easy as we let it be.
We all know change is inevitable and there are so many clichés around change that we have all heard so many times, like
the only constant is change
change or die
it’s the most adaptable to change who will survive (thank you, Darwin)
Don’t get me wrong, they’re all valid and true – and I say them all the time myself, but clichés can turn people off and rarely lead to great results.
We need to be inspired by change, rather than threatened by it, we need to find a way to look forward to change, to see the possibilities of change.
We need to LEAD change, not just manage it.
A few ways to actively lead change could be:
- Become a trend spotter; keep an eye on the industry, market, competitors, other industries – to become aware of trends and next potential opportunities.
- Listen to your customers: what are they saying, wanting, needing? And how could you use that information to create/lead necessary change?
- Listen to your peers, your colleagues, your team members. Discuss: what change(s) could/should we make to become even better, more relevant, more successful, more sustainable? Share your thoughts and insights too.
- Make change your friend: Find the benefits in changes that have happened
- And if you encounter changes that didn’t bring the expected benefits and results, discuss/explore: how can we improve this, to make something better?
Let’s be masters of change, rather than victims of change