For many leaders, change is exciting, wearisome– or both. While we are focused on refining our business, it is easy to forget how change can affect our employees, clients, and families.
The most troubling aspect of change can be the unknown or ambiguity. Be clear about what you do know and willing to admit what you don’t know! Understand what new information you need to make wise decisions and strive to obtain that information. Mary Beth O’Neil reminds us in her book Executive Coaching with Backbone and Heart to request help from others, “tell others what you need from them”. When we include those around us in creating and implementing the solution, it gives them a sense of contribution and influence.
It is important to acknowledge each individual will respond differently in an environment of change. Remember to address the needs of others as you continue to navigate this new territory. Some will need clear and transparent communication, some will need a specific purpose for change, and some will need your patience as they adjust to evolving demands and expectations.
Considering the affect on those you around during periods of great change allows you to love them and serve them. Even, as Jesus prepared for the event that would change the world, he washed the feet of his disciples. On the very eve of his crucifixion, his actions symbolized how he would “show them the full extent of his love”. John 13:1
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michelle Sugerman (PMP, PCC) is a speaker, author, and leadership coach with Leading Synergies. She hosts global masterminds, called Synergy Groups, for REALLY BUSY Christians leading with powerful confidence and humble hearts. She works with high-performing leaders focused on organizational effectiveness by refining strategy, inspiring teams, and delighting clients. Michelle specializes in the areas of information technology, project management, franchise management, and business as mission. Michelle lives in Colorado where she hikes fourteeners and enjoys gourmet meals with her loving husband of 22 years.