I recently wrote an article addressing the barriers to change in your organization. It’s good to understand and identify the 6 Enemies of Change. But, simply understanding without a plan of action will accomplish very little; likely nothing at all! So what are some steps you can take to combat these six enemies of change?
These three simple steps will help you overcome the barriers of change in your organization.
- Clear Communication. There is absolutely no substitute for good communication. As leaders it is important that we express our expectations and our goals. Be sure that your team is aware of what you would like to accomplish, and what you expect from each person. Allow your team to have open lines of communication with you as well regarding their expectations. In addition, when working towards a large shift or change in your organization, it is important that you keep everyone informed from your inner circle to the supporters or customers who give life to your organization. This can help you overcome the stumbling blocks or pride, fear, distrust and ignorance.
- Celebrate The Wins. Momentum cannot be forced, but it can be fostered. One of the best methods to keep momentum positive, and change in motion, is to celebrate each goal you reach. It is almost more important to celebrate the small moments, because that is what people notice. Change is not easy, and often requires more from people than ever expected. So, when you celebrate a win for yourself, your team or your organization, you foster the momentum you truly need. And, beyond anything else, it is a chance to encourage and fortify your team. When you create an environment of celebration you are able to move beyond comparison and pride, and focus on the future.
- Work Together. Nothing replaces the benefits of working together. It is in a team setting where you can encourage and inspire one another to do your best, be your best and grow. Working in a team will hep you refine and foster good ideas. Working in a team will build trust. Together you and your team can avoid mistakes that are often made when you do not have the benefit of someone else’s perspective. Team work truly can overcome almost all of the enemies of change by guarding against pride, fear, distrust, comparison, ignorance and apathy. In the end, there is much more to be gained by working together.