Every leader knows that change is hard. And, changing the things people say can’t be touched are the toughest changes. – Ron Edmondson
Navigating change as a leader is one of the toughest things you will do. People are creatures of comfort and routine and when you disturb either one you are asking for it. Before you set out on any course of change, especially when it involves touching the “sacred cows” – those long-standing traditions that everyone takes for granted, be sure you make the case for where you want to go and why. A few questions you will need to answer are: Is this the right change at the right time? If either one is in doubt, wait. Why change now and what happens if we wait? Have I made the case for change and are the key people on board with it? Change is inevitable if we want to grow. How you sell it makes the difference. Change happens best when others can shape it, take ownership of it, and at the end of the day wonder why it took you so long to make it.