Know When to Introduce Change

When change is introduced at the right times in people’s lives, they are more likely to accept it.  Leaders are required, by the nature of their jobs, to be agents of change. In this video, John Maxwell introduces three specific environments or situations that encourage people to change.

After viewing the video, answer a “Questions to Ask” and select an “Ideas for Action” to incorporate into your routine this week.

Ideas for Action

  • Reflect on your own attitude about change. Do you look forward to it, or is something you only do if you have to? How does change make you feel? How do you react when situations around you change? Take stock of your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
  • Sometimes you don’t have any choice but to change. In business, this often happens when government regulations are implemented or when technology gets updated. Because it is change from the outside, there can be resentment by those forced to adopt it. Frame changes that happen this way in the best light possible—that although you don’t have a choice, it will be helpful change that makes you more efficient, safer, etc.
  • Learning new techniques and skills often results in a desire to change. Encourage employees to stay on top of industry developments, technological advancements, and business trends. Knowledge can be exciting and motivating for businesses of every kind.
  • A lack of resources can derail change as much as anything. Make a list of what you need in order to change. You may find that your list is shorter than you think when you actually put it on paper. Look at the things you need in order to change, and start figuring out how you can procure or create those items.
  • If you see a need for change, but those around you are lacking vision, look at the three areas Maxwell has highlighted. Are people at the end of their ropes? Are they learning new processes or facts? Are there enough resources on hand to implement the change you want to see?

Questions to Ask

  • How flexible is your department?
  • Do the leaders above you see a need for change?
  • What can you do to encourage people to transition to a new situation?
  • How will anticipated changes benefit you and your staff?
  • Is change irreversible in a work situation?