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“The secret to change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

– Socrates

As companies work to stay competitive and profitable, the amount of change will continue to increase. Make change your friend versus your enemy.

Implementing change takes everyone on the team doing something different to achieve the desired result. This places tremendous stress to juggle many things at once. We actually can only do one thing at a time; so learning how to prioritize and cope is essential.

Change starts with our individual actions which require us to be willing to make the changes. Sometimes we are able to make the shifts fairly easily and sometimes even the smallest of changes can feel awkward and uncomfortable. We then start to question and resist the change saying…

“This isn’t right. It’s uncomfortable. I don’t have time. My clients come first. What if I fail?”

To manage the transition from the old way to the new way starts by getting personally prepared to handle the challenges that lie ahead. It means understanding and accepting the change and determining how to lead ourselves through this transition.

Here are questions to help you get prepared to navigate through the change.

  1. Why are we making this change and how will it help our business, customers, associates and you?
  2. What are the preconceived notions I have about how the change will impact the business, organization, culture, process, or people? Are these notions true or are they hindering my ability to contribute?
  3. How can I best contribute? What are 3-5 specific goals I wish to accomplish in the transition period to successful shift from the current state to the new way?
  4. What are my leadership strengths and vulnerabilities that will help or hinder my change effectiveness? What leadership skills are required to effectively lead myself and others through this change? What will it take to bring my best self to navigating this change?
  5. Who are the key people important to implementing the change and how can they help?
  6. How will I measure the success of this transition? How will I know I am successful?

Find your way to lead yourself to change recognizing as Robin Sharma says;

Change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end.”

Be willing to step out of your comfort zone to achieve better results.

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As a leadership strategist, author and consultant I am sought after to enable leaders and their teams to successfully navigate change to achieve the intended business outcomes. I can be reached at hilary@hilarypotts.com. Visit www.HilaryPotts.com.

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