If you live in the Midwest, you will feel this in your bones, but there is a BIG difference between 40 degrees in October and 40 degrees in February.
What changes? Our perspective...
The same thing can be said about the perspective surrounding a change. If you slap your team with the change like it is a cold front in October, it will be as poorly received as the snow we got on Halloween this year.
More thoughts on how you can shift the perspective of the change and make it feel more like a Sunny 40-degree in February. Still 40 degrees, but a whole lot more doable... 👇🏼
Tangible Tips to Shift Perspective:
No one wants to be told a change is happening TO them.
Just as our perspective of the same temperature changes over time, so does our team's perception of change based on the steps we take to help them feel like they are a part of the change.
🔭 The Vision and the 'Why'
The why needs to trickle down to Every. Single. Person. And every single employee needs to be able to take that company "why" and turn it into a "What’s in it for me statement."
We live in a world where access to information is at our fingertips. Employees will not respond well to feeling like they do not have all the insights needed to dig into the rationale behind a change. They want to know how their work fits into the larger picture and how it contributes to a greater goal. Understanding the "why" behind decisions allows them to see how their work aligns with their values and can have a positive impact on the world.
Here is an example of a clear and concise vision statement.
🗣️ Transparent Communication
Change shouldn’t be a surprise that's sprung upon the team. Like a weather forecast, keeping everyone informed about what’s ahead – the good, the bad, and the ugly – is key. Ongoing communication throughout the project lifecycle ensures the team remains engaged and informed.
🎉 Recognizing Small Wins Along the Way
Acknowledging the efforts and milestones, no matter how small, can significantly change how change is perceived. It’s about celebrating progress, not just the end result. This approach can turn a daunting change into an inspiring journey.
Check out the comments on this video to see what type of acknowledgment employees are looking for:
Simple Yet Profound
These ‘bare bones’ change management strategies are something every manager can implement, regardless of their level in the organization. It’s about shifting perspectives, from seeing change as a cold shock to embracing it as a refreshing new phase.
Here are some upcoming events to keep your eye out for:
- PLRB Claims Conference and Insurance Expo: March 17-20, 2024, Boston, MA - Leading Through Change Keynote
- Insurance Brokers Association of Alberta 2024 Convention: May 5-7, 2024, Banff, Alberta CA- Dear Insurance, We Need to Talk, Your Millennial BFF
- RISE Professionals 2024 Leadership Summit: June 18-20, 2024, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Viral Growth: Scroll Your Way to the Career of Your Dreams Keynote