Leading Through Change
Do you want to shape your future or allow others to shape it for you?
Sounds like a silly question, right?! But it is happening right now. For those who are agile and resilient, motivated by internal drivers, and able to navigate the emotional dynamics in themselves and others, the opportunity to shape the future is within their grasp. For those who are stuck, energy-drained by what’s going on in the world around them, relying on old models and ways of doing things, and resistant to change, they will probably find themselves allowing others to shape the future.
What are your concerns?
What emotional drivers seem most prevalent?
What is the cost of not shaping your future?
There’s no doubt that the world we live in is going through monumental change. Take a moment and see if you can remember a time when you experienced this much change at one time. Maybe your answer was, “NO, I have never experienced this much change at one time.” Or, maybe your answer was, “Yes, I have seen times like this before.”
Either way, we’re now at a place and time that demands a new level of change management and the ability to lead well through change. The ability to embrace change and harness it for desired outcomes is key in creating the future you prefer. Where do you start? On the inside!
Have you recently experienced any of the following?
Uncertainty about direction
Struggling to think clearly
Ineffective results from old ways of doing things
Increased emotional load
Resistant to change
Anxious about making decisions
Inability to move forward (self or others)
Lack of focus
Reduced engagement levels
These are examples of how change can negatively impact the ability to lead yourself and others.
“We have no model for this!”
I heard this quote recently from another business coach. It came from one of her clients. That really rang a bell for me!
As a consultant/coach to business owners and leaders, I have the privilege to work with some of the sharpest and most intelligent people. They have a real passion for what they do. They care about their customers, their people, and their impact on the community.
The one thing they have in common right now, “How do we equip and empower ourselves and our people to thrive in this new dynamic?” They are asking some very important questions:
“Where are the opportunities?”
“What is effective in this new dynamic?”
These are the right questions, and there are more good questions to ask. But where are the answers?
To get good answers, you need to:
- Free yourself from the non-productive cycles that waste brain resources.
- Equip yourself to embrace change by becoming more agile and resilient and relying on internal motivators (not external motivators).
- Ask good questions resulting in good data, and use ALL of your brain’s resources.
- Practice “Hummingbird Leadership”.
Your brain likes to rely on patterns and methods you have developed that have worked for you in the past. This is normal. Your brain likes to keep things inside a comfort zone that does not require significant investment of energy. New patterns or solutions require large amounts of energy and focus and usually require large blocks of time.
Back to the quote from earlier – “We have no model for this!”
If that’s true, consider this. A model (a prediction or decision-making pattern) is only as good as the value received by using it. If old models and patterns are not producing good results but are still being applied, there is huge potential for waste and risk!
So, how can you create new models and take control of designing your preferred future?
First, evaluate the models you are using
Measure the value you are receiving from them now, not the past
Decide what’s worth keeping and what needs to go
Be curious and courageous
Not sure how to move into that?
Embrace change as an opportunity
Find a guide (a coach/consultant) who understands the neuroscience of optimal brain application
Be open to new perspectives and models
Which approach do you prefer -shaping your preferred future or waiting for others to shape it for you?
Steve Goodner is the President of GSCFIT, and a Preferred Partner with Six Seconds, the world’s largest emotional intelligence community. GSCFIT is dedicated to equipping and empowering individuals, leaders and organizations through Focus, Insight and Transformation (FIT).