I had the wonderful opportunity to be interviewed by Jim Masters of CUTV News Radio. Jim and I talked about organizational change and leadership. I hope you will enjoy this conversation.
As a strong introvert, and a Coach and Consultant frequently asked to work with leaders (both introverts, ambiverts and extroverts), taking time to plan and leading change while instilling calm comes as second nature. I have also learned that my introverted clients are more likely to take action rather than step back when chaos hits. But, before you tell me this isn’t true for all extroverts, I agree. It’s just they manage chaos and change differently!
Have you noticed that when you are in the midst of change you feel like you are in chaos, even when things are going as planned? I know I do. When my clients are experiencing change in their careers or businesses, they frequently want to place things on hold so they can catch their breath. More often than not I help them see that it is better to live in the chaos and push forward than to stall their progress.
Change is hard and I think its only human to resist rapid change that pushes you into overwhelm. I also believe it’s normal for things to feel somewhat chaotic when you are making progress. As you learn new things, change routines, you have to stop and think. Each change pushes you out of your comfort zone and may feel like you have lost control.
The key to managing this ‘lack of control’ or ‘chaos’ is to have a good plan in place. Introverts often step away, even if only for a short time, to have quiet time to contemplate and consider the situation and next steps. They can be very decisive yet thrive with a moment of quiet. Extroverts frequently have a tendency to jump in an take action immediately. This may come at the expense the longer term plan.
The plan will help you know when you are on course or detouring. When you ensure your plan has key milestones included — times when specific items will be completed or are transferred to someone else to complete. These milestones allow you to recognize progress. They will also enable you to “weather the storm” when everything seems to be off-kilter.
Remember, review your plan. Tweak it regularly as new information comes to light and keep on marching forward. Before you know it, things will get back to normal and you will get back into your ‘normal grove’.
Regardless of your leadership style or personality traits, when in the midst of change, it is important to find an approach that allows you to continue to lead, go with the flow and instill calmness with your team, accept the uncertainties that you may feel, work your plan and celebrate your successes. You will be glad you did!
“So stay true to your own nature. If you like to do things in a slow and steady way, don’t let others make you feel as if you have to race. If you enjoy depth, don’t force yourself to seek breadth. If you prefer single-tasking to multi-tasking, stick to your guns. Being relatively unmoved by rewards gives you the incalculable power to go your own way.”
In my work, I am always dealing with change. It may be helping clients to implement new systems, facing behaviours that are not working for them, creating new products/services, starting a new business or switching jobs (or careers). No matter how we look at it, change is a constant. There are many commonalities in how business owners, leaders, organizations and industries are dealing with this reality but there are also many differences. Some organizations are internalizing the changes (looking inward and identifying ways to restructure, identify efficiencies, and plan for the future), while other organizations are looking outward for support and ideas in addition to looking inward. It doesn’t matter if the organization is large or small, there are examples of both approaches in each category. [Read more…]
Ignite Leadership International is proud to announce
our new fundraising project
with Create Change!
As part of Ignite Leadership’s “More Than Green™” program, we are proud to share our latest social responsibility program.
To change the lives of six (or more) capable young women in Northern Ghana, who cannot afford to fulfill their dreams of having a career.
With the introduction of my new Business Leadership Journal, so many people have taken action to set themselves up for success in 2012 by purchasing their own copy of the Journal. This is no small feat! The book is letter sized (A4) and 5 cm (1.5 inches) thick! Fortunately the coil binding makes it manageable!
The journal guides you through a year long system that keeps you on the mark. The perpetual format lets you start at any time. Take it one day at a time and before you know it you will create new habits, new ways to view your business and career actions and results.
Lately I have been helping many business professionals (both employed and self-employed) set their goals for the up-coming year. There are so many components to setting and achieving your goals. This week, I am speaking about some of the reasons my journal can help you raise the bar and accomplish more! [Read more…]
At the beginning of every year, it is important to set your goals and create an action plan to guide you along the way. Staying on target can be challenging — particularly when LIFE gets in the way! Every day when I write in my journal I realize how great this one tool is to keep me focused and on target. To support my journalling, I also belong to a mastermind group and a coaching program. Each tool plays a specific role in the entire process. [Read more…]
John Furlong recently spoke at the TEDx-SFU event in Vancouver. I hope you will enjoy his talk and gain some leadership insights.
Do you journal regularly? Have you tried it and then gradually ‘fall out of habit’? Well, you are not alone!
Journalling does require you to create a new habit but it’s a habit is strongly linked to success. Who’s success — yours, if you journal.
A look at successful leaders throughout time reveals they all journal in some way. Journalling help them gain the clarity of their vision, learn from successes and mistakes, and capture ideas when the iron strikes. Proponents of journalling state that putting pen to paper to write your vision and goals, sets a stronger intention and makes them seem more real than if you were to type that information into a computer. I have to agree with this suggestion. Every year I write (or draw) my plan for the year and all the milestones I want to achieve. I tried using a mindmap software program and writing my list of goals, also using the computer. After about 2 months I realized that I didn’t have a strong connection to my plan and went back to pen and paper (and colouring pencils) and copied the information from the computer on to the paper. After this change, I was much more connected and successful in achieving what I set out to accomplish. [Read more…]