Navigating the choppy waters of change management
I wrote something recently about the very real danger of leaving a legacy of scar tissue as a leader. In our experience, this is often the consequence of embarking on a journey of change without first thinking through the very real consequences of doing so.
In the days of sail a ship’s captain would indicate his (they all were I’m afraid) absolute commitment to a cause by “nailing their colours to the mast”. As the only way of indicating surrender in the middle of a sea battle was to “strike the colours” this drastic action meant that it would be a fight to the death. We’re obviously not suggesting that the leaders we work with need to go that far, but there will come a time in any change journey when leaders will need to make the tough decisions or have the difficult conversation needed if they’re to stay the course.
All too often, it’s the unwillingness to “go there” and take those uncomfortable or risky decisions or have those potentially relationship changing conversations that undermines progress and, ultimately, means that journeys that begin with a spectacular send-off end way off course or lost without a trace.
There is a danger that the ‘what ifs’ we encourage our clients to talk about can be seen as the intrusion of unwelcome negativity when what’s needed is wholehearted commitment and positivity. We, however, don’t see it that way. For us, being able to spot situations that might derail progress and more importantly, being ready for them, is an essential part of making sure that change journeys reach “the promised land”.
We’re keen to hear how we can help your change journey run smoothly, talk to us at Odyssey today.