A Toolkit for Leading Change

I recently asked readers to submit their burning leadership development questions.
Those that get picked for a post will receive a free copy of my eBook.

This question
from Teri:

“How do you prepare teams for
change?  What are good communication
tools?  How much is too much?”

The ability
to lead yourself, a team, and/or an entire organization is a critical,
must-have ability for any leader. It’s also one of the most written and
discussed about topics in leadership development. Even in my own blog, I’ve
written a number of posts on the topic, and so have dozens of other guest
bloggers.

Rather than
writing yet another post, here’s a “toolkit” for leaders that I think will help
address the reader’s question:

1. Study the models – and pick one to use as a framework.
See Which
Change Model Should You Pick?
for a list of my favorites, with links to
source material. Read whatever book the model came from. My favorite: Managing Transitions, Making the Most of Change, by William
Bridges.

3. And so is involvement and managing
your own reaction
!
See 20
Tips For Leaders During Turbulent Times
.

4. Hang onto to your star performers – read Make
Sure You “Hug” Your Top Performers During Times of Change
.

I really like
the last question too: “How much is too
much?”
Leaders tend to measure their accomplishments by how many new and
exciting things (changes) they can implement. After all, inspiring people to
change is the definition of leadership. Elected officials tend to use the same
measuring stick – success is measured by how many bills they can sponsor and
pass.

However, I
think one of the most important things a leader can do is to also say no to
things, as well as decide what the team is no longer going to do. No, we can’t
make the world slow down – constant change is here to stay. It’s a matter of
strategic priority- figuring out which changes are best aligned to achieve your
critical business objectives, and the rest all take a back seat.

Organizations,
and people, can only handle so many priorities with a finite amount of resources.
Burning a few policy manuals will inspire your team too, and set them free to
implement the new changes you are leading.