“Change Or Die” - Thomas Edgley

“Change Or Die” - Thomas Edgley

Are your business and career Changing and Growing or Dying? You need to become a Change leader to thrive and grow in the “New Normal” of the business world. Read on
Charles Darwin may have some insight for businesses and their leaders:
“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”
Jim Collins, the author of the book “Great by choice,” wrote that,
“When a calamitous event clobbers an industry or the overall economy, companies fall into one of the three categories: those who pull ahead, those that fall behind, and those that die. The disruption itself does not determine your category. You do.
New Normal
You, as the business owner or leader, can play a significant role in determining which category your business falls. It all depends on how you and your leadership team in the organization responds and changes its leadership capabilities to strive and thrive in the “New Normal” business world.
You and your leadership teams need to learn and adapt to deal with this enormous change and uncertainty effectively. The key to surviving and thriving during uncertain times is to learn to change and shift frequently.
Three Top Leadership Qualities
According to author Bruna Martinuzzi, three top leadership qualities will be critically important in the years ahead: “the ability to motivate staff (35 percent); the ability to work well across cultures (33 percent); and the ability to facilitate change (32 percent). The key skill required to handle all three of these qualities is “Adaptability.
“Adaptability – the ability to change (or be changed) to fit new circumstances.”

If you want to be a successful leader, you need to learn to become comfortable with uncertainty and makeshift continually. You need to be flexible and deal with uncertainty without losing focus.

The current reality is this: every advance you make as a leader will require a leadershift that changes the way you think, act, and lead.

Reflection Point

An excellent reflection point for you as a leader comes from author Malcolm Gladwell

“That’s your responsibility as a person, as a human being – to constantly be updating your positions on as many things as possible. And if you don’t contradict yourself on a regular basis, then you’re not thinking.”

Change leadership

Change leadership is not natural, especially when your first start practicing it. Change is most often is associated with leaving behind something that has worked and pursuing something untested and relatively unknown. This change will always create tension between the stability of the past and the uncertainty of future opportunities.

As you prepare your journey of becoming a change leader and master the change leadership practices, the critical path should include five foundational practices:

Please watch out for our next ten newsletters that include knowledge of change leadership practices.

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