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There are some common occurrences during times of change in an organization. If a leader doesn’t understand them the chance for a successful transition is diminished, people remain frustrated, and progress is stalled.
Leader, if you’re leading a time of transition here are four things to remember.
And, plan accordingly.
Miscommunication isn’t unusual.
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You should make every attempt to communicate in ways everyone can hear and understand. This requires intentionality. You’ll have to get better in time. But, there will simply be times not everyone will know what’s going on – and, that can be frustrating.
Isn’t this true in your own household during certain seasons? When our boys were young and into sports, school, and church activities – plus we both worked in busy jobs, there were days it seemed Cheryl and I were just passing each other in the hallway of our home.
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These seasons shouldn’t last long before we intentionally slow down and catch up with each other, but they don’t mean our marriage (or the team we lead) is dysfunctional. They are seasons.
Misunderstanding is normal.
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And, it makes sense when miscommunication is occurring. People only know what they know. They don’t know anymore. So, when all the information hasn’t been delivered, or there is too much information to keep track of it all, some people are going to become confused. That’s normal too.
There will be blurred lines of responsibility as people scramble to keep up. You can and should structure, plan, and strategize along the way, but not every age will ever be covered. That’s the reality of change....
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