When you are short of time, here is the one action that will give you 80 percent results in 20 percent of the time.
Try to know more about the change initiative than most.
BY DOING THIS
– Read the emails and study the presentations.
– Set up a Google Alert for the type of change you’re involved in (e.g., adopting a new software program) to stay up-to-date on the latest information on the internet.
– Participate in all relevant committees.
People perform at their best when they’re confident they’re doing the right thing. Without this confidence, their “fight, flight or freeze” response is triggered, and their thinking, actions and behaviours can be hijacked by the need for self-preservation. The best way to build your confidence is through knowledge. When you think, act and behave based on facts and data, you “know” what is probable versus guessing at what might be correct. Build your knowledge about the change by reading project plans and speaking with the project leader and team members (including consultants), so you know how to act and what to do.
Other organizations are going through similar changes. Learn from their experiences and apply this knowledge to your change project. Google Alerts will keep you current. Also, join project committees to expand your information sources. Soon, you’ll become an expert at your organization.
Practice these elements in a mirror to nail them before you need them!
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