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A crisis can be the incentive for much structural advancement; difficulties and disruption are an opportunity to innovate and evolve to new methods, re-think new protocols and re-direct a long-term vision for recovery, to keep going to innovate, develop, and mature your company.

Pro-active and forward-thinking leaders find it easy to take hold of the possibilities to shift their organisations for long-term success.  Unfortunately, the cost of inactivity is enormous, making things worse when several sparks detonate simultaneously.

Reasons why leaders refuse to accept change:

–       When they prioritise urgent over essential matters.

Quite often, leaders confuse these two terms. Important issues do not have a specific closing date; however, they have some effect, large or small, on an organisation.  On the contrary, urgent matters need to meet demanding deadlines to avoid possibly-major consequences.

Regularly, head and managers take too much time mitigating daily-urgent operations, increasing the stress rather than assigning the task down to teams, to find better solutions to problems when sharing with them the big-picture of organisational change development.

–       Restricted resources to set off a shift

Change requires direct financial-organisational costs. As a result, while many leaders recognise the value of innovation, they feel unable to change due to their lack of financial resources, lack of support, or other decisive basics the transformation need to operate.

Companies are to blame when assigning too many financial means to urgent or outdated events, avoiding strategic projects from generating value.

–      The absence of a roadmap for transforming a company. 

Leaders often do not have a plan in place and on how to carry it on; a well-defined outlining including:

·       Communicate the problem to be solved.

·       Make a list of the approaches or resolutions to address the problem.

·       Pinpoint the measures at hand to resolve the issue.

·       Secure the enablers who will support the transformation forward.

·       Assess collaborations and interdependencies from initiatives in effect.

·       Having an effective-change method is another incentive for an effective transformation.

It is vital to define activity flows well-linked to challenges at hand, the combined-effect of the right scope of work, and a good-change management approach towards a well-executed transformation.

Some leaders cultivate their expertise, whilst others hire experienced-professionals to put into operation a flowing-productive transformation.  Building a comprehensible vision and a plan of action will contrast both cases.

–       To put off a change. 

When a company induces the workforce to postpone any transformation, change is not possible. Short-term- personal incentives, without doubt, prioritise long-term-transformation initiatives, causing companies to overlook opportunities to initiate an organisation for long-term achievement.  For instance, a company having incentives for its leaders, mainly based on meeting up financial numbers.  Transformations are costly and disruptive, so the company could not support the change implementation period due to the RoI period going beyond the review cycle.

–       Lack of leadership abilities.

An organisational change requires skilled leaders keen to encourage, delegate, operate, promote, convert, and activate staff to go further and prepare for immeasurable personal risk.  Business transformation associates several risks:

·       The financial risk to the company is the most common.

·       The commitment risk – Failing employees’ engagement.

·       The opportunity risk – What the company could have done with the resources and time if not engaged in the transformation.

Final comments: any risk manifestation might bring about a leader’s career or reputational risk.  The leader resolves to see beyond these hurdles.

Not all leaders are skilled-enough to coping with transformation whilst leading the innovative-way forward. Leaders must show empathy and be authentic whilst making connections through a proved-communication among their staff, no matter how challenging the task is.

Do you have the conviction to achieve your company’s transformation after the pandemic?

Dave Food

M: +44 7775 861863

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