It’s commonly understood that effective leaders seek change. But they don’t seek change for its own sake; they seek opportunities to make real change that will meaningfully affect the organization.
What kinds of change? Lowering costs, increasing efficiency, and improving productivity are the usual drivers behind their change decisions.
But in my experience, most leaders don’t initiate enough change. Do you?
What change(s) do you need to make in your area of accountability? Start by thinking deeply about what you did change, what you did not change, and what you should have changed.
To get started, ask yourself this question:
Within the next 6 months, what are the top 3 changes I need to make in_________(A)__________ that will position us for ______(B)__________?
(A) could be anything relevant in your business: safety, staffing, management team, training, policy, pricing, marketing, branding, productivity, product development-you get it.
(B) could include growth, increased profitability, market share dominance, and so on.
Hint: Start with (B). If you know what you want to achieve, you’ll better know what changes to make.
If you aren’t into making changes, let me remind you of what General Eric Shinseki, Retired U. S. Army Chief of Staff, said: “If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.”