Posts Tagged ‘change’

attractive and ambitious businesswomanDoes this ever happen to you?

I’d be surprised if it hasn’t.

There you are, filled with excitement because you’ve had a brainwave that will get your team out of the mess it’s in. You share it with your team, only to have your idea dismissed with the old “it can’t be done” statements.

Why do they do that?

Well, your idea could be flawed, but that’s not likely. Perhaps they don’t take you seriously. Perhaps they lack your vision and imagination.

Perhaps they are just plain scared of change.

Here are a few tips on how to present your idea so that it has more chance of surviving the “it can’t be done” sentence.

  1. Don’t be too passionate when you present your idea. You can come across like a mad professor and one look at your excited face will be enough to stop them listening past the first few words.
  2. Present the facts. You can probably anticipate the questions or criticisms your team might have. Have you done your research? Include supporting data where you can.
  3. Plan what you are going to say so that it explains what your solution is, how it works and what the benefits are.

But what happens if they still refuse to listen?

You can give up or you can keep working away at your idea. Do you think Andy Murray will listen to those who tell him not to have a female coach if he really believes the best coach for his playing needs is a woman? No way. He will do what he needs to do to get the results he wants.

It won’t be easy to keep plugging away at your idea when everyone else thinks you’re nuts. You’ll need courage and concentration.

But won’t it be a great feeling when you can turn around and show them the proof that your idea is valid?

Who says it can’t be done and why are you listening to them, anyway?


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There comes a time, or several, in our lives where we can feel completely and utterly useless.

It might be that you’ve spent a few years at home, raising children, or the job you’re in either no longer satisfies your needs, or has moved on from what it was originally and turned into something you don’t enjoy all that much.

Maybe the feel of the workplace has changed, or even where it is located has lost all its appeal and you no longer feel happy, motivated or inspired. In fact, you may be feeling down and depressed. It could even be the suburb in which you have lived, and loved for years that no longer cuts it for you and has you feeling a bit blah.

It can cause you to feel trapped and totally useless, particularly when you’re feeling a bit flat and reluctant to head into work, or back home again.

As dark as those feelings may be, it is important to realise that you aren’t totally useless. Quite the opposite, in fact, and the years you’ve been working the job that hasn’t held much appeal for you has given you some important and easily transferable skills.

Whether those accomplishments come from learning to time and task manage, or becoming resilient and working through a negative environment, manager or team of co-workers, they have given you skills you may not realise you now possess.

More importantly, regardless of your situation, and how hopeless you may be feeling, you have the choice to stay or to go. If you don’t like your job, look for another. If you don’t like where you live, move somewhere else.

Realising you have the power to implement change, and choosing to see the benefits in what the frustrating and unpleasant environments have given you only gives you more power.

There is always a positive future ahead, no matter how you’re feeling in the moment. You just need to realise what you do have, and make that future happen.

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People say that change is hard, especially in the work place.  When you’re trying to effect a change in an entrenched culture, even if it is for the better, it can be an incredibly difficult task.  It’s complicated, yes, but not impossible.  You must win the confidence of the people you work with and persuade them to go with the change.

According to the book “Blue Ocean Strategy”, creating a “tipping point” in the organisation is a good way to hurdle through the difficult process of change.  By getting key people with a certain amount of influence in the work place committed to your goal, and then having them persuade other employees, it creates a wave that can tip the scales in your favour.

If you’re in management, then you have more power and authority to start a transformation in your office culture.  Start by having a system of rewards.  It doesn’t have to be monetary in nature, just something that can motivate your people to go in the direction you want them to.

For a job well done, you could give your employees additional vacation leave, or a gift certificate to a favourite store.  Even if they don’t say it, workers need to feel that their hard work is appreciated.  You’ll see that they’ll work harder but they’ll be happier.

If you’re part of the staff and would like to change your office culture, then believe that you can do it.  Take the example of a teacher who changed her workplace of haters into an appreciative, caring community of teachers.  She started by anonymously giving positive notes and thank you gifts to the faculty members.  As people continued to receive gifts, they started to wonder who this person was. In the process, they also began treating each other better.

All big change starts with a small step.  If you want change to happen it is up to you to take that small step first.

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