At Freeosk, we’ve recently wrapped up an exciting two-part series on change management during our Learning Lab training program, and we’re here to share the highlights. In this journey of transformation, we’re all about being catalysts for change.
1. The Right Mindset – The First Step
Our starting point in the world of change is all about mindset. We ask every Freeosker to approach change with openness, agility, and flexibility. Why? Because we know that change can take us by surprise, and sometimes, it’s entirely out of our control. So, having the right mindset sets the stage for what comes next: planning.
2. Roles in Change – Makers and Takers
In our series, we delved into the roles of being a change-maker and a change-taker. The change-maker is the one who kicks off the transformation, leads the charge, and guides the way. The change-taker receives the change and plays a pivotal role in influencing its direction.
3. Communication is Key
No matter which role you find yourself in, communication can make or break a change. Taking the time to plan out your communication strategy, including multiple conversations is important.
4. Beyond the Best-Laid Plans
Now, let’s talk about change leadership. You can have the best plans in place, but sometimes things don’t quite go as expected. That’s where the human and behavioral aspects of change come into play. We need to think about how we can inspire individuals to embrace the new ways, in addition to planning how the change will happen.
5. Flexing Our Influence
Successfully rolling out change requires a different set of skills than planning. As a change-maker, three essential elements come into focus: communication, credibility, and relationship strength. These are the tools that help us influence in all directions, especially when we have little to no formal authority.
6. The Complex Nature of Change
Change is a complex beast. It’s not always an easy path, whether you’re leading the charge or receiving the changes. But, here’s the key: when you focus on the right kind of influence and clear communication, change initiatives are more likely to be successful.
Being a catalyst for change is all about the right mindset, understanding your role, harnessing the power of influence, and mastering the art of change leadership. It’s a journey, not a destination, and we’re here to navigate it together.