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Leading Change? Do These Two Things First.


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You’ve committed to crafting a healthy , winning culture in your team or organization and you know it’s going to require a concerted effort at change leadership. And you know things are going to need to move fast!

We are partners with you in this quest. Our desire is to see many thousands of organizations in all of the sectors – Public, Private, and Social – begin the journey of crafting great cultures which result in engaged employees and volunteers. As you begin your quest – and our goal is  that this blog will be a regular encouragement on your journey – here are two initial things to keep in mind:

1. The first task of leadership is to distinguish between what needs to be preserved and what needs to change.
As you work through changes in your organization, always be mindful of what must NOT change – your values, code, and macro-strategy. These things should not change with every shift in the wind. When external realities do dictate that you must change, you will want to make sure that those changes are in keeping with your organization’s code and deeply held values – holding fast to the permanent things while allowing your strategy to evolve.

2. When you come into an existing situation to make  changes, be very careful not to condemn the past.
Always frame your vision in a positive, upbeat way. Your job is not to erase the past but to help people envision a brighter future.  These people were part of the past – they lived it and shaped it to some degree. Dwell on everything good and worthy in the organization’s past, even if it is clear that many things must change.

Leadership, particularly change leadership, is not about being popular. There will be moments of decided unpopularity for you as you craft a new culture. But don’t borrow trouble – preserve what needs to be preserved and honor what can be honored from prior cultures.

All of this leads to the inescapable fact that the first and most important thing in change leadership is discovering what needs to change and what needs to be preserved. As seasoned experts in change leadership, TAG has developed a suite of tools which make up our Discovery process – helping you assess expertly your organization’s  strengths and opportunities and pinpoint where the change process should begin. Explore more about Discovery with TAG by clicking here.