By: Kathy Kent Toney, CEO & Founder of Kent Business Solutions
With so many aspects of our world and business environment changing daily, many leaders face the challenge of remaining agile and adaptable. Doing so is ultra-important to navigate change successfully.
So what are some keys to becoming more adaptable and agile?
1. Realize a Change-Oriented Mindset
Business leaders must have a mindset that embraces change. Here's a great quote to reinforce the importance:
Most suffering comes from the failure to adapt and a resistance to change. – Debasish Mridha
Change is inevitable, and business leaders who embrace change will naturally become more agile and adaptable during times of upheaval. And as this quote suggests, realizing a change mindset can relieve the suffering of the business leader and, ultimately, the organization.
2. Develop a Plan
Now that you're ready to embrace change, develop an organizational plan to navigate it. This applies to both internal change initiatives and the fall-out of change occurring outside your organization.
For internal change initiatives, it's helpful to include an outline of steps you'll follow and a timeline for their accomplishment.
In addition to the organizational plan, a personal plan for navigating change (both internal and external) can also significantly help a business leader. For instance, if you know you have triggers associated with certain things that will most likely happen, such as dealing with disgruntled and argumentative employees, then develop a plan to deal with these encounters. Also, include several scenarios that could occur to ready yourself to deal with them.
3. Be Accountable in Your Response to Change
Having an outside sounding board can help business leaders become more flexible and agile during change cycles.
If you don't have a mentor or peer group with whom you can regularly discuss ongoing challenges, it's good to get involved with one. Not only will you have a forum to discuss these challenges, but you can also establish goals for which you can be accountable.
Finally, regularly check in with your staff to see how well you are doing with agility and adaptability. Having the humility and discipline to remain accountable in this way can reap enormous dividends for you and the company.
Did you like this blog? If so, check back during the coming weeks. I'll be sharing 7 Essential Skills for Leaders to Embrace. This blog is the second in the series. Other topics will include innovation and creativity, conflict management, and stepping out of your comfort zone, among others. So stay tuned!
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