All businesses, at one stage or another, will have to go through significant change. Change is necessary for growth but accepting the need for change can be difficult for some.
Change can arise in various ways, i.e., struggling to find quality employees, a demand to change direction, targeting a new target market and so on. Whether it is an internal or external force driving the change; it is important to lead change confidently.
Here are three ways to lead change with ease:
Articulate a clear vision
A strong strategic vision acts as a blueprint for leading change and can provide employees with more clarity about the positive impacts change will have for them and the overall business. A vision statement helps to align your team around the business’ goals and prompts them to work towards making the change happen. A clear vision also helps to overcome cultural resistance to change as employees can link the change to positive transformation.
Engage with staff
Staff will either accelerate or hinder the change process, so it is crucial to get them onboard and constantly keep them informed. Frequent communication is ideal during times of change. Set aside time for questions and have an open door policy for staff to ask questions. Make a plan, communicate it to staff and constantly check in to assess whether tactics are successful or require adjustment.
Wins are proof that change is generating results. Celebrating wins reinforces the notion that change is essential for business growth. Celebrating both small and large wins hones in on the collective contribution of the team’s efforts and motivates employees to work towards goals which will promote change throughout the business.