I believe that the first step in successful “change management” and promoting the change thereof, is that people have to first experience the change! It needs to be consistent and have longevity! This is “especially” important when all your people have heard is that things are going to be changing around here and change never comes. If people have been made a bunch of empty promises, it’s going to be mighty hard to get them on board of a “real” change program. You know it’s kind of like the story of the boy who cried wolf. You get the picture. So if you’re in a management or leadership position and you want change on your teams, in your department and in the leadership that you’ve established, “you” as the head of the organization, are going to have to “show them” the change first. It’s going to have to be dynamic! Once it is truly absorbed that change is imminent, then you will start to see people believe in the change and respond to it more positively or at least with less negativity! Seeing is still believing and if people don’t see it, in many cases they will not believe it. In their “minds” it’s put up or shut up! Because they’ve heard it all before. You know, we teach others to lead by example and that’s really easy until it’s our turn! It’s human nature to want people to do as we say but not necessarily as we do. It may be challenging and it may even be tough but we will gain the respect of everyone we lead when they see “us” do it first!! Now that’s change I can believe in!!!
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