Thursday, October 20, 2016

Understanding What Is Normal

There is nothing finer than helping a struggling group of people understand what is normal. Whether they are bogged down in complicated systems change, or frustrated that the brilliant, recently created strategic plan is not translating into performance improvements during the first 90 days post roll-out, I have observed excellent leaders rise to the challenge and state the obvious, “That’s normal.”

And their people respond, “Really? What a relief. I thought we had done it all wrong.”

The challenge for most leaders, who are trying to improve their organization or transform it, is that they do not know what is normal. They just keep doing what they have always been doing and hoping this time it works. The result is that insanity rules, people burnout, and someone remains convinced that effort alone should simply make it all happen.

While I fully endorse the importance of focus, endurance and commitment, the key to leading people is to know what is, and what is not normal. And then plan and execute the plan accordingly.

However, the solution to understanding what is normal requires a unique step. First, we must learn about the world of leadership and organizational change or transformation. This learning journey will build a common understanding and common language throughout the group of people who are involved. Second, we must utilize this knowledge in planning and executing. Finally, we must hold people accountable to the learning and make sure they utilize it in all that they do. Nevertheless, the first step is to learn together.

If making change happen inside your organization has become a daily struggle, then now is the time to sign up yourself and your key leaders for the 2017 From Vision to Action Leadership Training. Through a challenging, interactive curriculum which blends lectures, selected readings, small and large group discussions, and how to skill-building exercises, participants in this four part leadership training gain critical knowledge and skills which improve their ability to lead people to generate short and long term success.

For more information on this in-depth training and how to register for the 2017 From Vision to Action Leadership Training, please click on the following link: 

Understanding what is normal is not always easy, but once learned it can be transformative. Success begins by being better prepared for the normal problems. Now is the time to sign up for the 2017 From Vision to Action Leadership Training so you and your organization can be better prepared for the future.

Geery Howe, M.A. Consultant, Executive Coach, Trainer in Leadership, Strategic Planning and Organizational Change Morning Star Associates 319 - 643 - 2257

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