NorQuest Weekly Round-Up September 27

dreamstimefree 193757 300x219 NorQuest Weekly Round Up September 27This week has been full of great articles and blog posts, our top four are below:

HBR Blog Network: Ten Reasons People Resist Change
Leadership is about change, but what is a leader to do when faced with ubiquitous resistance? Resistance to change manifests itself in many ways, from foot-dragging and inertia to petty sabotage to outright rebellions. The best tool for leaders of change is to understand the predictable, universal sources of resistance in each situation and then strategize around them.

Fast Company: How To Ask–And Listen–Like You Mean It
Leaders who are helping others to grow and innovate are always trying to craft the best questions to make a difference. Here’s how to ask the questions that will propel your team and your organization forward.
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Do You Support Change?

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change” Charles Darwin

Change symbol Do You Support Change?	In the change oriented business world of the 21st century, change is not only a constant – the rate of change is increasing. Just as change is a law of life, so it is in business. Unfortunately, many team leaders and managers are ill prepared to address this changing landscape in the business world.

Change is apparent in any organization, but it is often compounded by other issues – such as management strategies for new revenue growth, planned culture shifts and the ever present initiative to contain costs. Left alone, your business environment can start to be dominated by rumours, back-biting, lack of focus, lack of energy and a breakdown of trust between managers and employees.
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Force Field Analysis

In striving for success, we sometimes run up against a roadblock or challenge that seems to stop us in our tracks. But Kurt Lewin indicates that for the status quo to change, the equilibrium must be upset either by adding conditions favourable to the change or reducing the forces resisting it. The Force Field Analysis is a tool that shows you how to do this systematically.

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How Do You Support Change?

John F. Kennedy once said, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

Every dbigstock Change 6084877 How Do You Support Change?ay, in hundreds of change situations happening in the workplace, the actions of leaders at all levels are risking the promotion of atrophy. This is simply because many managers are ill-prepared to address the changing landscape of the business world. Just as change is a law of life, so it is in business.

In and of itself, change is prevalent in any organization. But this is compounded by the changing demographics of the workforce, on top of other issues – such as management of strategies for new revenue growth, planned culture shifts, and initiatives to contain costs.

Imagine the impact to your organization if your managers ignored these issues!

Typically, your environment evolves into a turmoil of rumours, backbiting, lack of focus, conflict, employee anxiety, lack of energy in service to customers, and a breakdown of trust between superiors and their staff.

Can your organization sustain a competitive advantage under this scenario? Not under the usual circumstance of supply and demand.

Building Change Managers

It is not enough that people are promoted, or enter management ranks without understanding the impact of change. Change-ready managers are respected and effective, are able to motivate others to be receptive to change, and to build collaborative environments.

The fact is that people don’t leave companies – they leave bad bosses who are ineffective and not respected. These bosses can’t retain employees, and they certainly can’t motivate the ones who stay. A company can have great pay and benefits, but also have managers who are poisoning the well because they simply don’t know how to manage change.

Supporting and Motivating Changebigstock Change Management 6879900 300x203 How Do You Support Change?

One of the main conditions for the support of change is the degree of motivation among individuals. We have learned a lot about how individuals either hold on to the status quo or embrace taking the road to change.

Managers who understand the distractions and emotions of their team members, in association with changes, will be better prepared to support and lead them through it. The right training for managers gives them the tools to understand: first the change, its interpretation, and then to facilitate the acceptance of the new way in place of the old.

Change-ready managers will communicate more effectively with their employees, encourage greater participation, and empower them to be able to embrace the change.

Training Managers to Become Change Ready

As in life, the law of change for business is constant. That’s never been truer than it is today. Implementing a training program to make your employees change-ready will not only make them great bosses, but it will also build teams of greatly empowered employees who are ready for change.

“Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable” William Pollard (1828-1893)

A Supporting Change learning program can empower your leaders and first line managers to:

  • Understand why change happens, how people react to it, and how they need to be supported through the struggle
  • Involve team members in change initiatives by promoting their understanding and ownership of change and its benefits.
  • Plan for individuals or work groups to support the change process and reinforce personal and organizational goals.

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