As Leaders, we can all swap stories about corporate-wide technology implementations that didn’t go as expected. Taking the time to plan for those implementations by focusing on our staff’s well-being can make the difference between a “nightmare experience” and a smooth transition with minor hiccups.
Forbes Magazine recently asked a panel of Forbes Coaches Council members for advice on this subject. Those panel members came up with 14 recommendations leaders can utilize to ensure employee well-being while at the same time keeping pace with technology developments.
As I reviewed their recommendations, I particularly like the following:
- #3 Harness the Power of Constructive Conflict (contributed by Council member, Mark Batson Baril / Resologics): “Companies that foster constructive conflict are shown to be more creative, innovative and nimble in a fast-paced global environment. Constructive conflict encourages the open communication, vibrant exchange of ideas, high-quality problem solving, inclusion and adaptability that bring the workplace together to adapt—and lead—change more smoothly and happily”
- #4 Bring Up the Digital Agenda in Meetings (contributed by Council member, Daphna Horowitz / Daphna Horowitz Leadership): “Make sure to bring the digital agenda into team meetings. There are three parts to this conversation: 1. What are the key developments? 2. What’s their impact on the work environment? 3. What are suggestions for integration without impacting well-being? When the topic is on the team agenda and then discussed as a team, everyone becomes part of the solution, helping each other to maintain the balance.”
- #7 Practice Emotional Agility (contributed by Council member, Elif Suner / Consulting, Training, Coaching): “Change is about adaptation and resilience! It’s about how we cope with the inner resistances. When we feel safe, it’s easy for us to deal with it. If the leaders are good at boosting positive emotions, then employees will feel safe and be more equipped for change. The focus of the leader should be how the followers can feel safe and positive, which will bring an emotionally agile climate.”
- #11 Create A Technology Wiki (contributed by Council member, Karan Rhodes / Shockingly Different Leadership): “Leaders can create a technology-focused wiki to which their entire teams can contribute. When individuals find interesting research or articles in their industry, they can post and share with the entire team. If the leaders see a ton of passion on a particular topic, they can use their next staff meeting or town hall to have conversations about the pros and cons of implementing the new tech.”
- #14 Spend Five Minutes A Day Learning About New Technology (contributed by Council member, Jon Dwoskin / The Jon Dwoskin Experience): “The best thing a leader can do to evolve with the ever-changing technological landscape of the business world is to create a “five-minute-a-day” rule. Take five minutes every day where you can learn something new about technology and how it can help you grow your business. Little steps every day will compound over time and you’ll be ahead faster than you think.”
If you are planning on technology improvements anytime in 2020, take a few minutes to reach through all 14 recommendations here.
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Kris Cavanaugh Castro is the People Development Coach at Aepiphanni, a Business Consultancy that provides Management Consulting, Implementation and Managed Services to business leaders and entrepreneurs seeking to improve or expand operations. We are the trusted advisor for business leaders who are seeking forward-thinking solutions to help them plan for and navigate through the challenges of business growth. Kris has over 25 years of coaching, training and mentoring leaders to greater success; and she periodically writes about leadership development and facilitates change management conversations.
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