We’ve all encountered businesses that seem unwilling or slow to change. Their survival depends on whether they are simply hoping things will change, or if they are active participants in the game…rushing, blocking, tackling, passing and running. Wishing and hoping is risky business, because, nothing changes if nothing changes.
Are you ready to lead the charge?
Here are six steps for moving the ball down the field:
- Decide where to focus – List three to five things that really need to change. Consider the impact of each, and select the one or two that will produce the greatest payback. Engage people who will benefit from the change, and who will help advance the ball down the field.
- Clarify where you need to be – Describe how things will look and feel when the change is complete. By articulating what you’re striving to achieve, you maximize movement and allow the future to ‘pull’ you rather than have the past ‘push’ you.
- Clarify where you are – Make an honest assessment of where you are today, and why. The difference between where you are and where you need to be highlights the gap between the starting line and the end zone.
- Plan steps to close the gap – Now, determine the specific plays that are needed to land in the end zone…who will pass, when to punt and when to run.
- Implement your plan – Huddle to communicate the plan and actively engage players in execution to avoid fumbles and interceptions.
- Gauge progress and success – Keep a close eye as the plays unfold and intervene to make the needed adjustments that secure first downs that translate into touchdowns.
Congratulations! Leading change provides the focus, engages the players and positions your team to compete and win.