Change Must Start at the Top Levels
In reading a research paper regarding how change is impacting our companies, I was not surprised to learn that “Top Management support” of change projects was both the top reason for success and a top five reason for failure. This shows the power of influence from above.
I have seen this time after time with clients. When the top management team or key leader supports a change initiative then it gets done. When the top leaders do not lead the change, it is no surprise that it fails due to lack of support.
So if change is going to be become one of the key methods to lead our organizations out of the current economic environment, what are you going to do as the leader of the organization, team, group, division or department? Leading change is a key competency of the best leaders I seen during the years.
If you don’t like something, tell the people that are promoting it that you don’t want it and will not support it by withholding the resources and direction they need to succeed. Simple. Just tell them rather than wait until there are major investments in time, energy and resources. Leaders are at the front – not on the side or at the back-end. Get out front and lead your people.
If you like something they want to accomplish, then get involved and show everyone that this one counts. Let people know that you want to see results from the change initiative. It is interesting how fast people will rally around the initiative and get things done. Again, leaders make a difference during periods of change.
If you need assistance in a change management situation, contact us at 901-757-4434. We have been assisting our clients with change initiatives for over twenty years.