Last week I wrote about putting a group together to lead your change – creating a guiding coalition (Kotter Stage 3).
This group needs to include both managers and leaders and they will work together as a team. The managers will keep the process under control while the leaders will drive the change.
A group with good managers but poor leaders is likely to produce plans but have no compelling vision. It will not communicate the need for change well enough for it to become meaningful – it will control rather than empower people.
While a group that has all leaders and no managers is unlikely to be organized enough to create the short-term wins necessary to keep others on board for the long-haul – it will not sustain a change initiative.
You need a group that can convince people that change is necessary in the short term. Then keep them actively engaged through-out the process, so that you can achieve the long-term goal.
Has your organization has been successful in the recent past? Then if you look hard enough, you will probably find effective change leaders and managers throughout your organization! You just have to find them. They don’t necessarily follow the traditional company hierarchy.
If the organization has not been successful for a long time then you have a challenge. You will need to seek out the good, work with the less good and, if possible, make sure the organization imports some capable fresh blood and embeds and empowers the individuals quickly. This change will require a very experienced change facilitator fully backed by the top team
To lead and manage change, you need to bring together a group whose power comes from a variety of sources including; job title, status, expertise, political importance and, just sometimes, sheer force of personality, in other words, charisma!
How to put a group together in four (not always easy) steps:
- Go out and find the true leaders and strong managers in your organization.
- Ask for an emotional commitment from these key people – explain to them why you need the change..
- Work on team building within your change coalition.
- Check your team for weak areas and ensure that you have a good mix of people from different departments and different levels within your company.
I would welcome your thoughts on this and, of course, I am very happy to answer your questions
- Leading Change – Creating a Powerful Guiding Coalition(wisewolftalking.com)
- Leading Change – knowing what a sense of urgency really means!(wisewolftalking.com)
- Bewildered by the change you have to make – here is help!(wisewolftalking.com)
Wendy Mason works as a personal and business coach, consultant and blogger. Adept at problem solving, she is a great person to bring in when that one thing you thought was straightforward turns out not to be! If you have a problem talk to Wendy – she can help you. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring ++44(0)7867681439