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Follow this four step approach and see your organization ride the waves of change without getting taken out by the undertow! STEP 1 STEP 2 STEP 3 STEP 4 Compare Importance Gather Data Create a Team Prototype Options Don’t Assume Importance Don’t Deny Choices Don’t Go It Alone Don’t Use Hope as a Strategy It is key to evaluate the true importance and impact the change will have before reaching possibly exaggerated or misinformed conclusions. Smart leaders step back and have a process for evaluating the first sighting of the change. Explore additional information from internal and external sources. Accepting your present course without investigating the possible changes that emerge later on can deny important choices, positioning you to fight change instead of embracing it. Assign people to investigate the change. Dedicate a small team to investigate, discuss, and recommend how to look at the change. This team can be responsible for contingency planning, communication, and can quickly become subject matter experts to inform future direction and prioritization. Creating rapid prototyping quickly transforms strategic hope into a plan with clear contingencies and risk management tactics. Trying something out quickly, especially based on informed and prioritized analysis, is a powerful way to truly learn the potential of something new. Managing Constant Change LE Daniel J. Stewart is a sought-after leadership and talent consultant and coach with proven experience advising senior leaders, leading change, and designing leadership-rich organizations. He leads Stewart Leadership’s extensive consulting practice, business development, and international partnerships. Over the past fifteen years, he has been an internal and external organizational development executive and consultant delivering talent and team development solutions, executive leadership coaching, group facilitation, change management, organizational design, and strategic planning for companies like JetBlue Airways, Avaya Telecommunications, Lockheed Martin, The Weihs Group (Venture Capital), Kohl’s Department Stores, and Aurora Health Care. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations with a minor in Business from Brigham Young University and a Master’s degree in Organizational Communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder Connect Daniel Stewart Follow @stewartleader Would like to Comment? Please Click Here. Leadership Excellence Essentials presented by HR.com | 09.2016 Submit your Articles 15


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