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The Law of Leading Organizational Change
Successful Leaders Grow People

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself.
When you become a leader, success is all about growing others."

                                                                                         -Jack Welch

The Law of Leading Organizational Change: Organizational change starts with the leader. Everything bad in our lives will never be changed until we DO something about it. Likewise, everything bad in the organization will never be changed until the leader does something about it. Successful leaders know that they must be different if they want their people to be different, from the front door to the back. It starts with you.

Meeting A Hero

Several years ago, I was involved in a showcase for a speaker’s bureau in Illinois. The evening before the event the speakers who were invited to participate were hosted at a reception at the hotel ballroom.

To my surprise when I walked into the room, I was looking one of my heroes in the face... former Atlanta Braves Center fielder, and two-time National League MVP, Dale Murphy was standing across the room from me. Since most people were from the Midwest, he was being harassed about not playing for St. Louis or Chicago. I walked up to him and said, Murph!” excitedly. He looked at me and said, “You know me?”

“Sure!” I said, “I’ve been a Braves fan since I was a kid. I watched you play many times.”

He grinned at the crowd because someone appreciated his accomplishments. We spent the reception chatting. His talk the next day was about playing baseball for two of the best baseball managers in the latter part of the 20th Century… Joe Torre and Tommy Lasorda. I learned that they each had distinct ways of leading great players. They both collected many championships and World Series crowns with teams they assembled and arranged in the best positions to win.

Dale started out as a Catcher in Major League Baseball. He stood a head taller than me, and it was hard to believe this tall guy crouched behind a batter catching. Torre decided that Murphy would be a better player and could concentrate on his hitting more if he moved him to Center Field. Reluctant at first, it was one of the most successful changes he made.

Great leaders make changes when they observe their people performing and know how to adjust their positioning. I think of leaders I have worked with who mentored me and brought out my strengths. Sometimes, I resisted the changes, but they encouraged me, and I took the risks.

CHANGES COME
Here is what I know about change: We don’t naturally like change. We resist it. We fight the urge to do something new and we fear taking risks.

The COVID pandemic has forced most of us to change one or more work and personal habits. Studies show more and more people have not only adjusted to working from home but have integrated it into their lifestyles. Employers are having trouble getting people to come to the office to work and many businesses are changing their hours or shutting down completely because their employees don’t want to (or are afraid to) come the office.

“Most people are more comfortable with old problems
than they are with new solutions.”
John Maxwell

How are you dealing with the many changes that have been thrust on you in the past year and a half? I rarely led webinars or virtual presentations several years ago, but I began to enjoy them and made my own innovations to make them more entertaining. As I became more accustomed to the virtual platform, I began incorporating interactive exercises and activities. I've embraced the changes and it's made a difference in my life and the lives of others struggling with the "NOW Normal.

I call our present circumstances the NOW Normal; not the new normal. Why?

 

 
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You can't be unethical in your personal life and expect it to not influence your business, social and relational life. I was contacted by an organization several months ago to present a workshop on "Business Ethics." I said I was flattered but I don't believe that there is any such thing as "business ethics." I told the nice lady that it's called simply, "ethics." Why?

I can't guarantee that your ethics will make you success, but I will absolutely guarantee that a lack of ethics in any way will destroy your career. Look at Harvey Weinstein and the "Me Too" movement over the past several years. Look at the politicians who have been forced to resign for lack of ethics in their offices. You can probably think of several notable television and movie personalities who have been forced to resign for lack of ethics. How about sports figures and announcers who had a tremendous following, but lost their jobs and careers in an instant of allowing their private opinions and behaviors to leak out into the public sphere.​

I have worked with several people that I knew from the beginning weren't ethical and it influenced every relationship and business deal they were involved in everywhere. One man in particular was the most unethical person I have ever met.

He cheated and lied so much that...

*Can you be the kind of person that if someone broke in and stole your personal computer, you wouldn't fear secrets and hidden flaws being revealed to the world?

 
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Quotes:

John Wooden

"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."

“The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”

“Never make excuses. Your friends don't need them and your foes won't believe them.”

“It is amazing how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit.”

“Discipline yourself and others won't need to.”

“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it again?”

Jim Mathis
IPCS, CSP, CJMT, MDiv.
The Reinvention PRO™

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