When we think of overused words we might use as we assess organizations, terms like empowerment and process improvement come immediately to mind. But in first place, all by itself, change is a term that has been used and over used for decades. The term is change.
Solutions to problems are very essential. With the continual focus on opportunity, being competitive and improving every day is at the heart and soul of organization communication, development, growth and change. Change should motivate everyone from the leaders to the consultants. While some individuals actually try to block and impede change, the majority within a good organization welcomes and champions it.
Let’s look at five interrelated factors that truly spell change.
- C: Courage is needed to make the most of what happens when risk is involved. We all fear the unknown. Yet without the future, we can never move forward.
- H: Honesty gets everyone onboard with focus and message. It is critical for management to be the center of the truth.
- A: Appreciation is always music to the ears of the people making it happen every day. We never can do enough of it.
- N: Normalcy has been an incredible challenge for the businesses in Mid and Northern Michigan as gas prices hit record highs and people went up north less on weekends and for vacation. Find the “new normal” and make it better.
- G: Greatness is the goal of everyone in business. Getting from good to great is a continual road.
- E: Enthusiasm: Enthusiasm for work and life is driven by the positive attitude and team spirit as we head knee deep into the economic first quarter. You just have to have it.
As Mr. Carnegie grew his training, he always focused on honesty and appreciation. How are you changing your organization? C.H.A.N.G.E. is more than that every time.
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