Leading Change The old ways of management no longer work and will never work again. Successful change requires leadership. When change fails to occur as planned, the cause if often to be found at a deeper level, rooted in the inappropriate behavior, beliefs, attitudes, and assumptions of would-be leaders. 6 Leadership is all about the process of change: how to stay ahead of it, master it, benefit from the opportunities it brings. The best leaders strike first by taking the offensive against economic cycles, market trends, and competitors. They 20
discover the most effective ways for achieving significant change - "a change that identifies the realities of the business environment and reorders them so that a new force is able to leverage, rather than resist, those realities in order to achieve a competitive advantage." 4 The following system will help you to unleash the power of your organization and reshape it into a more competitive enterprise: Develop a vision. To create a seamless bridge from the vision to action, start with your top management team - they should understand and embrace your vision. Align all your people against the endgame. Invite their opinion regarding critical issues such as the direction you should be headed, the changes you have to make, and the resources you have to acquire. Using the employee feedback, develop a strategic plan. Stay laser-focused on the methods that will drive your business unit towards its stated objectives. Build a diverse leadership group representing all the key constituencies of your organization. They will share responsibility for plan management. Share detail information about the company and the change progress - people have to understand where you are and where you are going in order to contribute effectively to your mission. Managing Organizational Change Success in business doesn't come from feeling comfortable. In today's technology-driven world, business life cycles have accelerated exponentially. The challenge is to keep a step ahead of changing market conditions, new technologies and human resources issues. The wheel of business evolution is a framework and set of tools, which enables you to manage the complex process of organizational change and transformation more effectively. The sequence of the eight segments - business environment, business ecosystem, business design, leadership style, organizational values, management process, knowledge management systems, and performance measures - reflects the learning cycle that occurs when outside-in or bottom-up learning takes place. Behavioral Change
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