Challenge of Change, Part 3

Review parts 1 through 15 for details and thinking, then utilize the Recipe for Change.

Part 3 – Equip Yourself for Change

Okay Gary, how do I equip myself for change?

  1. You must be committed to the change.
  2. You want to set in motion an education process with your staff on why change is occurring.
  3. You must have a written plan for why, when and how.
  4. You must train the change.
  5. You must follow up forever.
  6. You must hold people accountable.
  7. You must reward and celebrate the right behavior.

Let me sum it up in one word: “resolve”

Repeat after me:

I will accomplish this change.

I will never let my eyes blink.

I will persevere through it all.

I will finish the task.

The Recipe for Change

When you’re baking a cake, there are certain ingredients that are necessary for the cake to come out as planned. You need to follow a step by step procedure. Include all portions as described, mix as indicated, then cook for the optimum time and temperature. Any variation from the recipe may cause an incomplete and utter disaster! If you don’t follow the recipe, you will not get the results you were expecting.

When you’re leading your company and staff through change, a recipe would be very helpful, so here it is:

  1. You must be totally committed to the change (1 gallon)
  2. It must be well defined and written (1 pint)
  3. You must be willing to accept the push back and resistance (1 quart)
  4. Create the WHY story to sell to sell your staff (Five Pounds)
  5. Talk to them one-on-one (1 Tablespoon)
  6. Give them time to adjust mentally to the change (Let Marinate 1 week)
  7. Let them express their feelings (Snap-Crackle-Pop)
  8. Set a rollout date for the change to occur (Cook Time 10 Days)
  9. Have many training sessions before rollout (Mixing steps)
  10. Establish the change as a habit (Tasting the results)

This is a quick and simple recipe for change. Follow the ingredients and steps, and see what results you will achieve. Review parts 1 through 15 for more details and thinking.

Management is the formula.

Leadership is the essential catalyst.

You are the stick that stirs the ingredients.