10 Leading Change Truths

10 Things I have learned about leading change for a living

1 People hate change.

2 Most people would rather ignore what needs to be changed than proactively change it. You can change anything but you cannot ignore it. It will not be ignored!

3 If you listen, people will tell you all you need to know. When you are changing people’s worlds they need to feel heard and safe to stay engaged in a positive way. This is the trick to change.

4 Change happens for one of 2 reasons—pain or pleasure. From my experience, it is usually pain.

5 People would rather hate their current situation than risk the unknown. When you can shine the light and create a safe environment, they will walk the path you need.

6 When you attach the personal why (WIIFM) to what must change, people will be more inclined to get on your "this is changing" bus.

7 Change usually starts off with a feeling of excitement. Then, when the hard work happens, your leadership is defined. How people align during changing times reflects your leadership effectiveness.

8 Fear is the leading objection to change. Find ways to minimize it. People change more through encouragement than fear and threats.

9 If you don’t have coaching skills, you have a limited skill set for effecting change in an empowering way.

10 Change is hard. Compassion and patience are important in helping people through the inevitable storms that change brings.

All in,


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