Many leaders fail to implement changes in their personal lives for a simple reason: they lack commitment and haven’t attached adequate pain to their current situation to motivate them to completely execute their new strategy. Trying to bring about change but having trouble? Here are three characteristics that help leaders make meaningful changes in their professional and personal life:
Attribute 1 – Focus:
Rarely would anyone have the opportunity to focus on changes in isolation. Various types of “combat dogs” are almost always nipping at feet and competing for attention. Conflicting information, multitasking, games, tweets, phone calls, and communications whirl around the average worker like snowflakes in a snow globe. It’s no surprise that energy drink and triple-espresso companies are making record gains.
Even then, if one wishes to make significant business or organizational changes, one must have a clear vision and emphasis on where one wishes to go. It needs to break through the clutter of disturbances and establish itself as a superior target. This may not happen automatically for many leaders, but it can be aided. When someone knowingly attaches significant pain to the power structure that it is no longer appropriate and can no longer be tolerated, they will begin to step towards its vision. If the pain of getting up in the morning or scheduling a session is larger than the pain of struggling to do things the hard way, one will lack the focus and motivation to improve.
Attribute 2 – Choosing the Correct Tools:
Success generates many hints – and there are a lot of them. Hundreds of personality writers have earned money by researching successful people and infusing their magic recipes, from Napoleon Hill to Oprah. Benchmarking or identifying “best practises” is a term used in the business world.
Attribute 3: Flexible Plans:
Only a plan is required once a person has a clear perspective and focus, as well as the necessary resources to get there. The entire route can be broken down into smaller, more manageable pieces that feel doable to tackle. This is referred to as a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) by project managers. Plan the path, incorporate key activities into weekly and daily schedule, and, most importantly, establish governance.
It’s important to keep track of how things are going in relation to the strategy in order to keep the momentum going in the long run. Try to come up with ways to track the progress and celebrate achievements along the way. Obstacles and disappointments will appear out of nowhere to derail the plans. Know this ahead of time, try to predict what they will be, and have backup plans in place in case anything happens. In a complex and unpredictable world, flexibility is essential for success.