[vimeo id="143182137"] You know, there’s a law in physics that says an object in motion stays in motion, and an object at rest stays at rest. Well the same goes for any organization. If you have an organization that’s rapidly growing then it will be probably continue to grow for a while. On the other hand, if you have a company that’s going downhill, it takes a lot of hard work, time, and energy to turn it around. But as difficult as revitalizing an organization is…there’s nothing quite like the joy of seeing it finally grow. So here are a few ideas on turning organizations around.
The first thing to do is listen. Many leaders want to jump in right away and begin effecting change. Unfortunately when we do this we often miss the root issue. But if we first step back and listen we can be more effective in cultivating change. This also engages the people within the organization. And if those people feel you truly care about them and their opinions, they’re more likely to be on board with your initiatives.
Secondly, cast your vision. The number one thing people fear is uncertainty. So the clearer they can picture your vision…the more supportive they’ll be. So be bold! Step out confidently and share your heart and passion with them. Explain how partnering with your vision will ultimately posture them for a greater level of success!
Third, empower them to effect change. You cannot turnaround an organization until you transform its culture. The key to transforming an organization’s culture is to change it organically. So gather a few key people together and empower them to spearhead the change. Be sure to equip them with the resources and tools to create sustainable change.
Lastly, cultivate continued growth. After you empower the emerging leadership, evaluate how things are progressing. Who do you need to come alongside and partner with? Is there someone you could mentor directly? Maybe there are some wins you could celebrate with them? Encourage them to think innovatively and be on the cutting-edge. If you continue to cast the organization’s vision, the emerging leadership will catch hold and run with it.
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