Don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know” in managing change

When is it ok to say 'I don't know' in managing change

In times of change it is not a bad thing for a manager to say ‘I don’t know’.

Change – an act or process through which something becomes different. Make or become different.

For something to become different it has to change, in becoming different it often will represent the ‘unknown’.

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4 skills for leaders that will deliver change

Change management myths - leadership of change is NOT innate

Myths play a useful role in our life. They help to simplify and present a story that build shared understanding and insight.

One way of thinking about myths is that they are ‘fanciful fiction’ which help us make sense of the world. We must remember that they are not reality, they reflect a widely held but false belief.

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12 qualities you need in your change champions for success

12 qualities you need in your change champions for success #change managment

Do you remember those painful days waiting to be picked to join a schoolyard or sports team? The waiting was never very pleasant but ‘picking a winning team’ has its own challenges and rewards if done well.

I know we weren’t ‘playing for sheepstations’ in the schoolyard but in the world of work the stakes are sometimes higher.

Making a choice requires you to know what you want and search out and find the right person with the right qualities. so if you are picking your Change Champions what qualities should you be looking for to skew your chances of success? Some of the key attributes are shared her to provide some guidance as you approach this task.

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Successful change isn’t just about process – don’t forget emotions

‘First you must learn to hop before you can drive’ and other lessons you learn from life.

When I was first learning to drive I was mortified by my ‘kangaroo hops’.

Those jerky accelerations every new driver does on acceleration. They occur at the most embarrassing time – when you’re pulling away from the lights, at a busy intersection or right in front of your peers.

Kangaroo hops are a sure sign to the world that your ‘new at this’, as a novice the last thing you want is to draw attention to yourself and be embarrassed in front of your peers.

What stands out about this experience for me is the emotions I experienced as I faced and mastered this challenge.

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Taking on big business by being better at imitation

imitation winning formulae in small business

We do it in our personal life, imitate and follow trends that give us the wow factor.

As a women of certain age you only need to think about those appalling perms, platform shoes and fashion trends like hot pants, mini skirts and all in one leisure suits – all of which we thought were great at the time!

I could go on, but I won’t as this is not an online therapy session for the woes of my stylistic past.  Men are not immune from this tendency to imitate and replicate but I’ll spare you the examples I’ve seen over the years.

We usually follow our ‘stars’ or ‘idols’ or have been influenced by mainstream media and advertising. There are few who are immune to the imitation bug.

So we are all guilty of imitation to some extent in our private life and have with varying success benefited from it! So why not adopt this approach in business?

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