5 Tips For Leading Change Without Authority

May 9, 2014

ID-100144465During periods of change, we sometimes think too far ahead. If we allow ourselves to get caught up in “what if” thoughts, we lose track of today. Take on the changes one day at a time, and the process seems less overwhelming. Here are five tips for making that happen from your friends at Dale Carnegie Training of Central & Southern New Jersey:

Create a worst-case scenario — We haven’t truly faced head-on until we have faced the worst-case scenario. Always ask yourself, what is the worst that could happen for me as a result of this change? Consider how the change might push you beyond your capabilities, what might create negative consequences with managers and team members, and how it might drain your energy and productiveness.

Prepare to accept it — This isn’t a matter of saying to ourselves that if it happens, it happens. It means thorough planning for the worst-case scenario. To accomplish this we must be willing to throw our energy and resources into the effort. Consider all the possible ways that the worst outcome can be avoided. In the planning process, consider communication, marshalling team effort, and intervening preemptively.

Keep busy — Sometimes change has the effect of slowing us down, leaving us disorganized and unmotivated. It is during these periods in our careers that we need to summon the most energy possible and keep busy. Not only will this keep us from dwelling on our concerns, but it will also enhance our image in the organization at a critical time.

Cooperate with the inevitable — We can’t avoid or deflect change. It’s a part of everything we do in our careers. When we remind ourselves of this, we don’t waste time and attitude fighting inevitable change.

Do the very best you can — The most fundamental rule of business professionalism is to do the very best we can at all times. This motivates us internally, driving our efforts through whatever changes we are facing. Whatever way the change ends up impacting our careers, we want to be able to say to others and to ourselves that we did our very best.

Remember that during periods of change we need as much enthusiasm as we can muster. When we are enthusiastic, we get more done better, faster, and with less stress. We experience more enjoyment and feel a sense of accomplishment from our work.

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