It’s hard getting to this point in the year and realizing that if you don’t take action now, you’re going to spend all next year fixing the sh*t that’s left over.
As we hurtle towards the end of the year, it’s that familiar time when we reflect on our past achievements and plan our next steps. This is also the season when we suddenly realize that we’ve got a pile of unresolved issues that we’ve been sweeping under the rug.
But don’t worry, I won’t let you do that too long. This is An Elephant in your Boardroom after all 🙂 This is where we name the cause of issues so we can actually resolve them.
In the activity of everyday business, we often deprioritize the bigger picture. “You can’t read the label from inside the jar.” Yes, I just hit you with an old chestnut, but it’s gold. That’s where consultants and coaches like myself come into play. I’m the objective third party, with the organization’s best interests in mind. I’m the resource helping you step outside the jar and get a 360-degree view of your challenges and opportunities.
Let’s plunge a little further.
When you’re thinking about making changes in your organization, it’s not just about implementing new processes or behaviors. It’s about ensuring that these changes become an integral part of your organization’s culture, making them the new norm. Why? Because if you don’t, you’ll end up in a never-ending cycle of putting out fires and applying quick fixes (it’s the band-aid method).
So, think long-term. What you do at this point, will shape how next year turns out. Think about it…
- Are you making changes for the long run, or are you merely tackling the immediate problems?
- Are you setting your organization up for sustainable growth, or are you just kicking the can down the road?
If the mere thought of these questions gives you heartburn, you’re not alone. But instead of reaching for the antacids, how about embracing the reality?
Change doesn’t have to be a painful process. It can be exhilarating, transformative, and even fun (yes, fun). We can have serious transformation with a side of laughter.
Let’s focus on creating sustainable change in this next year. This is what shifts ‘change’ from feeling like a series of hurdles to overcome, to opportunities for transformation and growth.
Let’s dare to fix those lingering issues, shift gears, and lead the way towards lasting change.
Investing in change navigation isn’t a cost. It’s a strategic advantage.
You are a Director at a hospital discussing with Leadership a plan for meeting the needs of an ever-growing outpatient demand. Meeting these needs has the potential to benefit the community and staff. It will provide opportunities for learning and research. It will enhance revenue, allowing the hospital to keep doing what it does best – well into the future.
And you know this will require things to change.
Changes to services, programs, staffing, processes, technology, equipment, culture, etc…
Change can present a lot of opportunity for growth and development. And it can present opportunities for disruptions and roadblocks.
Navigating change effectively requires planning and a process.
It requires attention to the human element of change, and a Leadership First Approach™
Investing in a consultant who can help you navigate change effectively isn’t an expense. It’s an accelerant.
When done right, it pays off exponentially. I’ve witnessed transformations that significantly improve the bottom line, without sacrificing excellence.
Ready to learn how? Let’s chat!