Change will come, there’s no escaping it. Remaining stuck in status quo mode, fearing and avoiding change like the plague, only ensures you won’t be ready for the inevitable. Mastering positive change, however, is key to extraordinary leadership and optimal business outcomes. So what can you do to harness the power of change as both an individual and a leader of a high-performing team?
Mastering positive change involves navigating emotional shallow water and relational collisions: resistance from within and without, blame, victimhood, false barriers, and other change-busters. The Reality of Change takes a unique approach to change leadership: anticipate and overcome the inner and outer obstacles to steer yourself and your organization through the positive change process.
You’ll discover how to:
Gain confidence in leading change through knowledge of what’s to come
Embrace and engage change as a pivotal leadership quality
Counter resistance and naysaying while avoiding blame and taking things personally
Master change in the context of other key leadership traits
Successfully guide your organization into new and promising waters
Part I – The Land of Status Quo
Part I in this book addresses your starting point and prepares you to launch into successful change. Once you seriously consider it, you must begin with acknowledging your current mental and emotional residence. You are living on the Shore of the Status Quo. And this shoreline can be a miserable place.
As you begin to contemplate positive change, you can expect to experience an uncomfortable tension. You either decide to stay on the shore or break free. If you choose the shore, you will experience a quiet sense of resignation. On the other hand, leaving The Land of Status Quo involves several intentional movements that signal a genuine departure. Your exodus from The Land of Status Quo indicates an internal acceptance of The Price of Crossing the Shoreline.
Part II – Staying the Course on Stormy Seas
Part II prepares you for what you will experience next. Once you have crossed the line, your actual journey begins. The Reality of Change mostly occurs between when you launch and when you reach your destination. Don’t expect smooth sailing. Before you leave the harbor, you must confront your fears. The wind and waves are real, and voices from the shore will tempt you to return.
Staying the Course on Stormy Seas is easier when you understand how to navigate the challenges. Perhaps Unwanted Stowaways are the greatest threat to your journey, and though their voices beckon from the shore, their messages sneak aboard by finding their way into your head. And, in contrast to the noise of naysayers and doubters, portions of your journey will be filled with deafening silence when you long for an encouraging word.
Maintaining momentum through these challenges is the unheralded secret of change. Sometimes the determining factor in a successful change initiative is whether or not you are willing to persevere and keep the rowers rowing.
Part III – The Destination
Part III provides the rationale for your investment in change. The launch is critical and the journey transformational in itself. But, never underestimate the importance of The Destination.
The greater your affinity for the destination, the more you’ll be able to tap into The Power of a Clear Purpose. Your purpose for change provides the fuel for your journey. You must be ready with a definitive answer to the question, Why change? Being clear about your purpose will enable you to recognize the new shoreline on the horizon when you catch a glimpse of The Land of Positive Results.
As you set foot in the new world, you will reap the benefits of the journey. Your arrival provides a unique vantage point, allowing you to see beyond the present with greater passion and clarity. The results you achieve will open pathways to greater challenges and successes in your future that you can’t see until you arrive. And these pathways that create your leadership legacy will take you through The Reality of Change.
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