You’re a leader trying to ensure your business runs well today, deals with it’s challenges and reinvents itself for the future. All that depends on navigating change and delivering results worth the effort.
Change needs different people working effectively and ingeniously together; using experience, but not limited by it, and finding new ways to progress. And it’s not like people don’t know change is needed. There are discussions, decisions and activity. Everyone is busy, but it hasn’t come together yet. Even with all the calls, meetings and plans, progress is not yet what you want, or what the market needs.
At best it’s familiar but frustrating. At worst it puts people or parts of the business at risk. You need urgency and cooperation from key people. You need discussions that are more targeted in defining what’s needed, and more imaginative in finding solutions. And you need people acting quickly to get the ideas turned into practice.
Above all you want progress: to see things changing now and continuing to evolve; and for the change that happens to be worth the effort. Maybe it’s not only about doing more of what got you here, with all the attendant frustrations. Maybe there are better options.
“We can’t be creative if we refuse to be confused. Change always starts with confusion; cherished interpretations must dissolve to make way for what’s new.”
Margaret J. Wheatley