How do you kickstart big change?
Perhaps you’ve read the books, listened to podcasts, gone to innovation or digital transformation conferences. You’re ready and eager for change and willing to help lead the effort. But what’s next? How do you actually kickstart it? How do you rally supporters and make believers?
Your effort is rife with uncertainty. Therefore, you must eat your dog food. You must not fall into execution mode for a moment and explore how to get traction. My recommendations:
👉 find like-minded people -- hold a regularly scheduled internal meetup where you all talk about what’s needed, tools and frameworks, and so on.
👉 develop empathy for leaders -- rather than assume leaders are not “bought-in”, understand who they are, their background and experiences that shaped their mindset; understand what keeps them up at night.
👉 schedule “bold” days into your work -- once a week, month, or even a quarter, take time to explore: speak live to customers, run an experiment, devise a challenge that will solve an internal issue. (It can be something as simple as updating a sales script or helping two teams communicate better with one another.)
Kickstarting change requires demonstrating to leaders that you have the ability to drive impact using a different way of working. You can actually increase efficiency of execution by taking the time to explore.
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