Good morning to you all. I believe you had a good weekend, well I did (in case you wanted to know) really busy but good.
I’d like to share something with you today that I’ve noticed for some time now. There seems to be a shift happening in different organisations. I don’t know if it has to do with the year coming to an end or not but whatever the case is, I can sense a shift and a need for change happening in various organisations. I perceive a yearning for something more (from the leaders and team members) and a readiness and willingness from the leaders to take their teams to the next level.
With this yearning comes a need for change.
Some leaders might be experiencing some challenging times like: a decline in commitment, enthusiasm, growth, development, etc., of team members/employees. Or maybe a decrease in the number of team members/employees as a result of relocation, retirement, new births, losses, incompetence or plain old “I’ve had enough of this job”. Other leaders might just be ‘sailing’ smoothly at this time with no challenge whatsoever. Whatever the case may be, realize that change will always happen. Challenges will always come and so will good times. Team members will always come and they will also leave; some with valid reasons and others with not so valid reasons.
As a leader who is currently facing challenges and understands the need for change; this is the time for restructuring. A time to implement new things, a time for reinvention. It is not a time to sit, wallow and yank out your hair unproductively but a time to take stock of the journey so far and do something to make the journey ahead productive.
The simple solution is a change: a change in the way things are currently done, a change in expectations and above all, a change in attitudes and perceptions (both team members/employees and leaders). Change is one thing that is bound to happen whether we want it to or not, we may not like it or even respond well to it but that will not stop it from occurring.
If you need to hire professional help for this (which I strongly advice) then do so because an outside perspective might be all you need, more so if its from a professional.
Below are some steps to follow, to turn your challenging times to times of productivity:
1. Revisit the vision of your establishment.
2. Review the mission of your establishment.
3. Identify where your team/organisation is at the moment.
4. Identify what the next level is and what needs to be done to get to the next level.
5. Review the policies, procedures, rules, regulations and adjust them accordingly to fit with the updated mission and vision.
6. Make provision for continuous development for yourself and your team.
7. Have a structure in place for how your organisation/team should function.
8. Communicate all changes to your team effectively and start implementing them.
9. Seek ongoing support and help from a mentor, coach, consultant, etc.
These are the foundational steps you should follow to turn your current unproductive situation around; and please, remember to ask for help and support as you go on (you’ll need it).
When it seems like the challenges just seem to be mounting, it’s time to create (or recreate as the case may be); it’s time for change. When people walk away, don’t sink into despair. Pull yourself together and focus on those you have left; those who have remained with you. They are probably still there because they have some passion and loyalty left; work with that. Make use of those resources you currently have, it might seem like it’s not enough but trust me; its just enough to get you to the next level.
To your higher level of success;