Transformation is a process, not an event. Why? Because it happens over time, and it is ongoing. We always have the need to improve quality, enhance customer/client relationships, do more with less, cut costs, and continually develop skill sets.
Think back three years – How have you changed? How has your place of employment changed? How has the marketplace (and your competitors) changed?
The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.
Great leaders motivate individuals and teams to envision the future and blaze a path to achieve it. They establish goals, understand and appreciate differences, and exhibit the behaviors required for success.
They also recognize the need to move towards transformational leadership. A good start is to answer the following questions.
Begin Your Transformation
- What business are you in?
- Who are your customers?
- What services do you or could you provide?
- What do you want to be known for?
- What strategic alliances would facilitate growth?
- Where do you want to take yourself or your team in the next 3-5 years?
You don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.
Next, rate which of these concerns are highest for your organization:
- We are equally concerned about long term planning and day to day problems and annoyances.
- We invest in new technology, processes, training, and tools rather than save the budget for the future.
- We have clearly defined and documented vision, mission, goals and roles.
- We hold ourselves and others accountable to high-performance standards.
- We facilitate teamwork and develop a trusting atmosphere in our organization.
- We are not afraid of conflict and deal with difficult conversations with customers, staff, and peers rather than avoiding the situation.
- We foster the culture to be a learning organization that admits mistakes freely.
- We train and reward our staff based on meeting the vision, mission, and goals of our organization, and for driving business innovation and profitable outcome.
Which caused additional time for reflection? Were there any that jumped out as a “need to address”?
Strong and healthy teams have trust as its foundation. When trust is lacking, transformation becomes more difficult.
Are you and your business well-positioned to lead the transformation process?
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