Well, 2013 is quickly underway and one of my resolutions is to write a blog at least every other Sunday. I started off strong last year, kept at it, but like so many things in our lives, became distracted by other matters.
I think becoming fluent in leading change should be a resolution you consider for yourself. Much of the consulting work I provide to clients has as its centerpiece, the idea of how to implement and sustain meaningful change. As I like to say, change, progress and innovation are siblings. There are some leaders who think their workforce will simply move lock-step after being advised about another in a series of management directives aimed at improving organizational performance. Quite the contrary, leading successful change should be an inclusive process employees don’t buy into, but instead, join in. Abide by the maxim that change is a process, not an event. Invest some time in exploring the field of change…challenge your assumptions about what you think you know and allow new ideas to penetrate your mind, you’ll be amazed at what you’ll learn. Start here and you’ll quickly see why the field of change management is fraught with misunderstanding and mis-application – https://www.google.com/search?num=10&hl=en&site=&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1280&bih=516&q=change+management+process&oq=change+management&gs_l=img.3.0.0l10.2375.3891.0.49184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.1109.1j8.9.0…0.0…1ac.1.-OxhE5gi4CA. I looked at this site and before too long, my head started hurting.
I’m a faculty associate at Arizona State University (where I earned my MPA many years ago) teaching a graduate course on organizational change. I’ve taught this subject for several years and we start with another 30 willing and anxious students on January 7th. No matter how many times I’ve taught it, I always learn a few new pearls illuminating my perspective, which is one of the reasons I do it, to counter any sort of inertia that might creep in.
I look forward to a prosperous 2013 full of adventure and continuing our journey in getting better all the time.