According to John P. Kotter in his book Leading Change, there are eight errors that can be found in leading an organization through change.
Error # 1: Allowing too much complacency
Error # 2: Failing to create a sufficiently powerful coalition
Error # 3: Underestimating the power of vision
Error # 4: Undercommunicating the vision by a factor of 10 (or 100 or even 1,000)
Error # 5: Permitting obstacles to block the new vision
Error # 6: Failing to create short-term wins
Error # 7: Declaring victory too soon
Error # 8: Neglecting to anchor changes firmly in the corporate culture
How is your business, charity group, volunteer team or congregation handling the changes that are evolving? According to Kotter,“The key lies in understanding why organizations resist needed change, what exactly is the multistage process that can overcome destructive inertia, and, most of all, how the leadership that is required to drive that process in a socially healthy way means more than good management.” (16)
Changes calls for strong leadership over management! Healthy leadership will call for a clear definition of the future, an alignment of all the people on the team, and the type of inspirational spirit that encourages something to happen even against big obstacles.
Does your organization have clear leadership over detailed management?