Brexit – Change Management Lost in Translation?

How easy is it to understand the consequences of our actions? Are we able to foresee the reactions from other people? Can we do something to make the world look different? Do we apply our knowledge about psychology and change management to all situations?

These past days, there has been quite a lot of movement in the political world that emphasises the importance of thinking change management when you work as a leader. The mechanics are the same either you work in business or in politics.

People management needs to be integrated at all times when you have a vision you want to pass on to your people. Change management can of course be claimed to be basic management. Still, it requires a lot more consciousness about human nature when you want to lead people through change.

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek – Barack Obama

Walk Your Vision

First things first – it all starts with ME, MYSELF and I. Your organisation and your people never get clearer than you are! If I as a leader want the future to be different, I have to do something different. I am the one who have to change first if I want others to understand what I would like to see change – I have to walk my vision!

Either it’s to make something change or make something stay the same – I have to think through my vision and how I want to communicate the message. Change management is the same as management …but I need to be even more conscious about my vision when I want to lead people in a specific direction.

Sense of Urgency

All successful change requires that leaders show the sense of urgency in addition to a clear vision. With a step by step basis, you have to get people onboard in understanding why it is so important to follow the vision and why you need to do it now!

As a leader you have to clearly convey the message – why not give a list of the “top 10 important things you need to know about the vision”. The list needs to be based on facts – everybody needs information about pros and cons to be able to make up their minds and to get to the most central question: “What’s in it for me?”

Change is Nature and Triggers Chemics

Most people do not meet change easily. This is human nature and a chemical process. We naturally go into flight, freeze or fight modus when we meet with a new situation. We mostly prefer what we know…it might be bad, but still, it is safe as it is known…the unknown is always scary.

Without a struggle, there can be no progress – Frederick Douglass

To make a person walk through fire – you need to provide good support. It is incredible in life what we all manage to do as long as we have support, understanding and guidance. This is valid either we are two years old or grown up. Hence, clear leadership and close follow up will make us dare transformation towards the unknown.

Listen to Make Change Happen

Change is nature – still so unnatural. Human beings know about here and now and train for mindfulness…. and the key is therefore to pass on your vision that adapting to the future requires continuous change….in this way, they can get a clear picture, the full overview and know where to land their decision to adapt.

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future – John F. Kennedy

Leaders should listen carefully in order to understand what people need in order to find out what the trigger point would be and adapt the communication accordingly…. otherwise the change will be lost in translation!

… and remember – when you ask for people’s opinion – they will always expect that you listen to them and take future action accordingly!

Good luck in translating your vision into conscious change!

@Grete