As I sat around the board table it was clear that once again our group did not own the decision we had made just two weeks previously.
Initially, we all agreed that we were in consensus, but it was apparent at the next meeting that we were not. "I felt pressured that I had to make a decision right there, "said one board member. "Agreeing to this just did not sit right with me, yet everyone else was in agreement," was another sentiment.
This was not new to our board. We were in the middle of some significant changes and our change readiness was low and slow, yet time kept ticking on.
We are now at a place where decisions made are owned and acted on. What made the difference? One simple suggestion of mine, "Let's agree to not made a decision on the same night that we initially receive information." That suggestion allowed board members who processed information at a slower and deeper pace to do so. Yet those that processed information faster were able to extend time to the others knowing that there was a commitment to making a decision, just not that night.
Yes, your business or organization needs to be nimble enough to have a sense of change readiness because, "Change is no longer linear, constant, or predictable" (Meyer et al.).
Additionally, the rate of change is increasing.
Undoubtedly, you will have decision-makers with high, medium, and low change readiness. Likely you will find trying to make changes with those people frustrating, especially if you are the one trying to institute change. However, when you know how to leverage the strengths that each of these leaders contributes to processing change, you will be able to navigate change more effectively and successfully!
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Don Cruickshank, MALM (Masters in Leadership & Management)
*Certified in Team Leadership
*Leading From Your Strengths Certified Trainer, Coach, Consultant
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