Organizational change first begins with a change in mindset of the organization’s decision makers. The primary decision makers are often referred to as either managers or leaders; however, each of those labels mean something very different. Mangers focus on directing, constructing, and following the processes, systems, and people of a company. A leader is more concerned about why things are happening and where things can be improved so that the whole company realizes the benefits of a change. In short, managers are more “in the moment;” leaders tend to look at the big picture and how it can successfully shift to keep the company prosperous.
I read a really interesting statistic recently in a joint article from Ray, Williams, and Wellins on Harvard Business Review. They mentioned “Over the next decade, approximately 10,000 Baby Boomers will retire every day. Young leaders will have substantial opportunity to climb the corporate ladder – by 2030, millennials alone will comprise three out of every four individuals in the U.S. workforce.”
Achieving sustainable growth is the hallmark of any good business. Many times, expanding is the way to not just grow, but survive. When the time comes for you to step up your company’s operations, do it in a way that makes sense. So as you gear up for accelerating your company’s growth, here are some key things you should consider.
Have you ever had the experience when everything seemed to be going well and you felt you were doing a fantastic job, only to have that perception come to an abrupt halt when someone asks you, “Are you open to receiving some constructive feedback?” That very question can often be a trigger that releases the “no so nice” aspects of our personality if we aren’t disciplined enough to remain objective and calmly listen to the feedback BEFORE reacting to it.