When it comes to making changes, and doing so successfully, whether that change is:
- In a home.
- In an organization.
- In a business.
- In a church.
The way you introduce change is equally important to the change you introduce.
That's the most critical step. The way you begin will impact everything else. It's like a first impression—very hard to come back from if done wrong. If you want the change to be effective, you've got to invest time in introducing it well—especially to those that will be most impacted by the change.
And that often means using intentionality in:
- Communication: And you can't overcommunicate.
- People: And this is where you probably need a Stakeholder Analysis.
- Timing: And remember speed of change is always relative.
- Steps: And the bigger the change the more you need to invest time in the plan.
But the way change is introduced—the way you begin the process of change—will almost always be an important part of whether or not the change is successful.
Ron Edmondson is the CEO of Leadership Network. Previously, he was a pastor, revitalizing two churches and planting two churches. He is passionate about planting churches, but also helping established churches thrive. He loves assisting pastors and those in ministry think through leadership, strategy and life. His specialty is organizational leadership.
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