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The Problem With Leading Change Initiatives in Large & Small Business

“Just so you know, Skip, my people don’t like change.”

I frequently hear that from small business owners.

I try to act like it’s the first time I’ve heard it.

A few weeks from now I’ll be delivering my first ever keynote address to about 200 business leaders on the topic of “change.”

While creating the keynote I realized a couple of things that can help you lead your next change initiative.

First, why we human beings resist the only thing in life that we can truly count on, change. Change is constant and yet we still resist it.

I realized the reason is that most change is not on our own initiative, it is either imposed on us by someone else, or imposed by natural causes.

For those two types of change, we have no control over the change so it is typically,

  • Unexpected,
  • Unwanted, and
  • Uncertain

That’s a recipe for resistance.

And, second, I realized the #1 problem with leaders trying to implement change in their organizations is that they resist the resistance.

How crazy is that?

If we know there is going to be resistance, resisting the resistance is not a healthy way to address it. As a matter of fact, resisting the resistance embeds the resistance and builds resentment.

Here’s my thought process:

  • Most people don’t like change, so
  • There is going to be resistance, but
  • Despite that leaders resist the resistance (and ignore the fact they will be faced with it), so
  • They try to force it through, and
  • Face more resistance that builds resentments, so
  • The only sane way to implement change is to…

Embrace the resistance!

Embracing the resistance that the change initiative is sure to be met with allows the leader to expect the resistance and accept the resistance.

And expecting, accepting, and embracing the resistance allows the leader to speak from the perspective of those charged with buying into, committing to, and contributing to the change.

It just seems to make sense and fits with Stephen Covey’s 5th Habit of Highly Effective People, “seeking first to understand, then to be understood.”

What do you think?

Leave a comment below and let’s explore this together.

‘til next time, remember, Communicate With Power!

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Your Championship Company Podcast – Episode 6 – Ryan Parsons

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Episode 6:
Ryan Parsons

Business Owner

Championship Business Owner:
The Brothers That Just Do Gutters – Poughkeepsie, NY

The company was started 18-years ago by Ryan’s brother, Ken. After years of struggling to figure out their business and making it through the 2008-09 recession, they have come out on the other side and have started franchising. They’ve developed championship caliber success by creating a culture of expectation to accountability, professional and personal development, and transparency throughout their company, and its franchisees.

Key Things You Will Learn:

  • How Ryan and his brother Ken survived through the 2008-09 recession to come out strong the other side.
  • How a business coach helped them become successful after years of spinning their wheels.
  • How transparency with sharing the company financials has made them more profitable and created a winning culture.
  • Why systems are vital business success.

Ryan Parsons Interview:
Interview Recording (click to stream on web / right click to download & save)

Resources:
To learn more about Ryan, Ken, and The Brothers That Just Do Gutters, click the logo below to go to
www.BrothersGutters.com

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Workplace Communication & Trust: The Equivalent to the Chicken & Egg Conundrum

I may owe a former client an apology. But, then again, maybe not.

I’ll let you decide.

Five years ago at the end of seminar I delivered on The 3 Strategies to Create a Championship Company an attendee, Garry, came up to me to ask me a few questions about a situation in his company.

We had a brief exchange during the 90-minute seminar and I had a general idea of the challenges he was facing but not the full extent.

After listening for a minute or two I told him, “it sounds as if you have a communication problem.”

In this case study interview video he admits that he didn’t believe me at the time.

But, he hired me anyway.

We worked together for four-six month stretches over a 18-month period after which his work environment and relationships with his employees were transformed.

At the end Garry admitted I was right, that his workplace issues were caused by poor communication.

Lately, though, through other similar client work I’ve come to believe I may have been wrong in diagnosing Garry’s underlying problem.

If we look at how things transformed and what the real difference was that made the difference after our work together, the real issue was “trust,” between Garry and key members of his staff.

I find that time and again.

So, I’m beginning to think that I was technically wrong in my original assessment.

But, not really. Because it was the poor communication that led to the low trust.

But, the argument could also be made that low trust caused the communication between Garry and his employees to be such that less than optimal.Trust & Communication is the Chicken & Egg of Championship Performance Cultures in Small Business

If there is a low trust between two individuals it will impact the communication between them.

People will surely communicate differently in low-trust vs. high-trust environments.

My question to you is, what comes first low-trust or ineffective communication?

Does the low-trust cause ineffective communication, or does ineffective communication cause low-trust?

Leave a comment below and let’s explore this together.

‘til next time, remember, Communicate With Power!

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Your Championship Company Podcast – Episode 5 – Developing & Executing the 3 Strategies of Championship Organizations in Small Business

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Episode 5:
Developing & Executing the 3 Strategies of Championship Organizations in Small Business by Skip Weisman

This is Skip’s first of many upcoming content-only podcast episodes.

Key Things You Will Learn:

  • How the Chicago Cubs’ were transformed to a World Series Champion in just five years.
  • How the sports teams application of the 3 Strategies of  Championship Organizations relates to small business success.
  • Why it is easier for small businesses to create championship performance than a sports team.

Podcast Recording MP3:
Podcast Recording (click to stream on web / right click to download & save)

 

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Your Championship Company Podcast – Episode 4 – Ending the “Entitlement Mentality” in Small Business

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Episode 4:
Understanding & Ending the “Entitlement Mentality” in Small Business by Skip Weisman

This is Skip’s first of many upcoming content-only podcast episodes.

Key Things You Will Learn:

  • The 5 types of YCC podcasts you can expect.
  • 3 causes of an “entitlement mentality” in every small business workplace.
  • The types of “entitlement mentalities” each workplace generation offers.
  • The 3 problems with how small business owners engage the different generations in their workplaces.
  • The 2 conversations small business owners need to engage in to maximize performance from a multi-generation workforce.

Podcast Recording MP3:
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