People generally don’t like change. That’s because we’re creatures of habit.
We build our lives around routines, and habits, and systems, and processes.
And this is a good thing! Once something becomes a routine or a habit, we start to do those things automatically. This frees up our conscious mind to focus on more creative tasks.
But when change happens, it breaks those systems and routines. Suddenly, the things we’ve been doing automatically don’t feel so automatic anymore.
Things start to feel unstable. Anxiety starts to set in. Our vision starts to narrow. And we spend our time doing more but accomplishing less.
If we don’t communicate stability during seasons of change, the result will be chaos, lack of security, loss of momentum, demotivated teams, reduced impact, and the list goes on…
So here are 3 things you can do to ensure this doesn’t happen.
1. Align the change with the mission
Everything you do in your company, business, team, or organization must be aligned with your mission.
Your mission gives you your identity. It is your WHY. It is the one thing you always go back to when the day-to-day tasks start to feel like a whirlwind — chaotic and overwhelming.
This also applies during seasons of change. You must align the change to your mission.
In the middle of all the changes going on, your team needs to know that the mission hasn’t changed. Your identity as an organization hasn’t changed. Your reason for being, and working, and striving hasn’t changed.
Do this and you will communicate stability more effectively.
2. Emphasize what will stay the same
More than just communicating purpose and reiterating the mission, leaders must also emphasize continuity. Your team needs to know that certain things will not change.
Emphasizing the things that will stay constant will anchor your team in place even if everything else seems to be unstable.
As long as your team has something to hold on to, as long as something feels like solid rock in the midst of shifting sand, your team will be more open to embracing change.
So to communicate stability, emphasize what will stay the same.
During times of uncertainty, engage your team MORE… not less.
Make your team feel that they’re part of the process and part of the solution. This will communicate stability more than any pep talk or vision-casting session.
When you collaborate with your team, you are allowing them to take the situation into their hands. They’re no longer just sitting ducks, waiting for the consequences of change to affect them. They’re up and about shaping the outcome.
This will empower your team and embolden them in the midst of all the uncertainty.
So to create a sense of stability, get your team involved.
Here’s the gist…
Change is going to happen whether we like it or not. In order for us to more readily embrace it when it comes, we must communicate stability.
Here are 3 ways we can do that:
- Align the change to the mission
- Emphasize what will stay the same
By doing these 3 things, you will be giving your team something firm to hold on to in the midst of uncertainty. You will be able to communicate stability. You will be able to communicate better.
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