4 Applicable Ideas for Leading Change

By Robert Brodo | Aug 15, 2017 8:27:34 AM

Today’s volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous business world demands that effective business leaders have strong and fine-tuned change leadership skills as the foundation to their leadership approach.  Developing and cascading these leadership skills requires today’s leaders to embrace change, teach change, support change, and take significant risks.

If you aren’t ready to lead, take real risks, and support real change then don’t even bother; you will only make it all worse.

I was recently conducting a leadership development session utilizing a series of our new computer-based business micro-simulations called Leading Strategic Business Change and the topic of risk and change leadership became the most talked about scenarios.  One of the participants used a quote from Mark Zuckerberg that was very appropriate and summarizes the challenge of the day; “In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”

In our workshop, we went through a portfolio of different change leadership scenarios in the business simulation and learners practiced their new skills by simulating different behaviors and conversations within the complete change cycle.  It was clear from the group of learners – which supports a lot of the most current research - that the most successful leaders in the world lead the execution of strategy and are willing to navigate through the risks of change simultaneously.

At the conclusion of the simulation workshop, I summarized all of the key learning points to develop the next set of work and skill development.  I was so excited by the results I am happy to share four of the top findings with readers of Advantexe’s blog. 

Here are the first four elements of a roadmap for successfully Leading Change:

Develop a Strategic Business Change Plan

Every business needs a strategy and every business needs to change to survive.  If your value proposition isn’t evolving and changing to the needs of your selected customers, you will be out of business. Period. Your role as a leader is to develop a detailed Strategic Business Change Plan and identify all the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of your business and then lead your team to adapt to the needed changes.

Choose the Key Metrics of Success

Change will never end, but nonetheless, you and your people need a scoreboard and metrics of success.  One of the biggest reasons change efforts fail is that leaders don’t choose the right metrics of success that support your business strategy and your strategic change efforts.  For example, if you are trying to become more innovative, then you need to develop and launch new successful products/services that provide innovative solutions to the needs of your customers.

Communicate Clearly and Lead to Realistic Expectations

Change leadership is brutally hard. There are no easy answers and no easy steps.  The most effective leaders in the world understand that effective communication and leading to realistic expectations is the only recipe for success.  As part of your communications plan, understand the needs and styles of different stakeholders and adapt your delivery to their style as communicating change is not a one style fits all endeavor.

Identify, Nurture, and Grow the Change Ambassadors

In the early stages of strategic business change – after you’ve started the communication process – the next most critical step is to identify, nurture, and grow the change agents.  The change agents are easily identifiable because they are willing to take risks and willing to fail fast and move forward quickly in the process.  Your job is to identify who they are and do everything possible to make them and delegate to them (they will gladly accept the role) the job of being a change ambassador within your company.

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Remaining Motivated when Direct Reports are Performing Poorly

By Robert Brodo | Aug 10, 2017 8:14:25 AM

During a recent leadership roundtable, I was facilitating a group dialogue for research with a group of middle-level leaders who all had a minimum of 10 years’ management experience.  During the session, I explored some of the current challenges and opportunities they are facing as part of the process to build the Business Leadership learning, skills, and tools they need to be more effective.

During the discussion, one of the of the leaders shared an interesting statement and question that we explored for more than an hour.  The highlights and key learnings are summarized in this blog.

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Understanding the Mindset of Activist Investors

By Robert Brodo | Aug 8, 2017 8:22:19 AM

What are the Business Acumen Skills Needed?

Nelson Peltz, Bill Ackman, Daniel Loeb, Ralph V. Whitworth, Clifton Robbins, Scott Ferguson, Carl Icahn, Christer Gardell, and Jeff Ubben are a few of the most predominant names that continue to emerge and disrupt successful companies by taking on the role of an “Activist Investor.”

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Great Business Simulations Are Not All Fun and Games

By Robert Brodo | Aug 3, 2017 8:47:15 AM

If you have anything to do with the world of training and development, you know and probably are a getting a little tired of  “gamification in learning.”

For full transparency, earlier this year I developed and shared with our key clients and leadership team the “Gamification Strategy of Advantexe” so that we could execute and keep up with customer expectations. With our gamification strategy, we have the ability to now capture leader boards, award badges for success, include progress bars, and utilize customized business metrics to reward certain achievements.

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10 Business Leadership Tips to Improve Underperformers

By Robert Brodo | Aug 1, 2017 8:32:02 AM

Dear Readers, sometimes there are no easy answers.  Sometimes there is no magic dust that you can sprinkle on a bunch of underperforming employees who you’ve recently been assigned to lead that will turn them into rock stars.

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