Performance Business - May '13

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n BE A LEADER By Timothy F. Bednarz Making Change Happen When it's time to do things differently, managers must show the way. T Excerpt from "Facilitating Change: Pinpoint Leadership Skill Development Training Series" (Majorium Business Press, Stevens Point, Wis., 2011). To learn more about author and publisher Timothy F. Bednarz, email or visit www. he facilitation of change in any performance company is not the responsibility of any single individual, but is guided and directed by leadership on many different levels. Because change is dynamic, leadership must be equally so to keep pace with the opportunities and challenges it brings. Leaders must understand change is not a destination but a process. Today's economy does not allow leaders the luxury of resting on their laurels. Rather, it gives them the impetus to change and adapt on a frequent and regular basis. A failure to adapt opens the door to the forces of change overwhelming an organization. A "management mentality" in the face of change produces a specific outcome, which is essentially to ask, "The organization is changing—now what?" Leaders, on the other hand, become the real and active facilitators of change. They understand the forces behind it and use its dynamics as a means to effectively and repeatedly transform their organization. Rather than fear the concept of change, leaders welcome the opportunities it affords them. Facilitating change within any organization requires proactive participation from all of its leaders. In the dynamic atmosphere of change, leaders must be ever-present and visible. There are a number of proven leadership techniques one can employ to successfully facilitate change within an organization, including: Promoting Their Vision Daily The importance of a personal vision is a guiding and fundamental leadership principle. It is not sufficient for leaders to simply state their vision; they must actively promote and talk about it at every opportunity. It is necessary for leaders to continually remind employees of their direction as they guide them step-by-step through the processes, transitions, problems and successes en route to attaining their vision. Leaders must understand change is not a destination but a process. 48 n Performance Business PBMAY 2.indd 48 n May 2013 3/29/13 10:47 AM

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