From a recent article “Learn 4 secrets that will make a positive change in your business” in YFS, an online magazine for young fabulous entrepreneurs, Stuart Hayes a business coach reveals useful insights into how to make your business survive and thrive over the long haul. Here is some of what he had to say:
Change is the key ingredient of growth and in business change requires vision, a driving team along with a tight context if it is to be delivered effectively and favorably. This is why capable leadership is so vital in a company.
But while inquiring into change, it’s important to not throw the baby out with the bathwater in that, on the other side of the coin is the value of consistency and consistency is likewise crucial, specifically in processes that relate to product line, quality, revenue and perhaps, to some degree, natural growth.
So, this pair of conflicting ideas will need to exist together in a healthy business. How do we do that? The answer is to realise that successful companies require both change and consistency. Change being the specialty of leaders while consistency being the terrain of supervisors.
Considering these two side-by-side, it is not very difficult to see why consistency and change (or for that matter business managers and business leaders) are frequently testing to unify.
In this piece, Stuart looks at the central components of skillful leadership and how these aspects combine to produce favorable and enduring transformation.
As an experienced leader the formula he uses to deliver this transformation involves a practical four step process as outlined here:
STEP 1 — ASK THE HARD QUESTIONS
STEP 2– FEEL THE REASON
STEP 3– DESIGN A STRAIGHTFORWARD PLAN
STEP 4– ATTAIN POSITIVE & SUSTAINABLE CHANGE
And sums up like this:
Significantly, as leader, the code of conduct or ‘context’ you establish around your team and also its behavior is fundamental to their capability to unify and then accomplish outcomes. Your team will look to you to live by this code at all times and as you do it will certainly start to take a life and power of its very own.
This is where keeping on track and achieving positive and sustainable change requires your personal commitment, nerve as well as discipline: being consistent with the message you preach and also connecting with your group in a genuine fashion when delivering it is very important.
Your capability to develop and cultivate a compelling context is directly commensurate to your capacity to do these things, and with a strong context your group will certainly self manage; self align; move mountains; and then deliver the favorable and lasting changes you desire.
My recommendation– Take a deep breath and then be prepared to be human, to acknowledge failings and to be open to change yourself. You will be valued as well as followed as a leader in a far more compelling fashion when you have the courage to do these things.