Change? Again?

06.28.12 | Posted in UnCommon Leadership

As your organization’s leader, are you spending time reviewing the past year and determining the best course of action for 2012?  Are you making a list of changes you wish to implement in your organization?  Are you evaluating programs that will increase employee engagement and thus productivity and profits?  Well, STOP! Chances are your organization and its people are suffering from “change fatigue” that you have created.

Change fatigue is caused by flavor-of-the-week change initiatives. Some are regulatory and cannot be helped, but many changes are truly “organizational programming” intended to improve customer service, increase sales, elevate employee engagement, etc.  Oftentimes, there is a lack of top-level commitment to these programs, so new programs are layered over more new programs and employees are left feeling like there is no true investment in any of the activities. Why should they commit? Desired outcomes are never achieved and the cycle continues…with another new program.

So this year, instead of thinking up grand plans for change for others, ask yourself, what do I need to change in the way I lead, behave and interact in my personal and professional life that will pay dividends? Maybe this is the year you invest in changing yourself. Start by asking yourself the following self evaluation questions.

  1. What do you want as a leader, for your organization, for your family and personal relationships?
  2. What’s holding you back from being the kind of leader you want to be?
  3. What is it costing you to continue holding back?
  4. How do you want to change your mind’s belief system on that topic?
  5. What new habits will you put in place to fortify your new beliefs and mindset?
  6. What is the most meaningful action you could take now to step into the leader you intend to be?
  7. What new skills or support systems will ensure your success?

These questions will help you begin to determine what personal changes need to be made to move you toward achieving Uncommon Leadership for yourself, your loved ones and your organization. Our wish for you this New Year is that you chart the course to becoming an Uncommon Leader and that you may Live, Lead and Leave a Legacy. Happy New Year!

Onward & Upward!
Lisa Dominisse

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