|Become an Influence Maverick
How do you shepherd your employees through the roadblocks and challenges that they face? How can you increase the chances of seeing the desired outcomes for the plans you put into place?
Make more than one plan, that’s how.
Studies show that the use of four or more sources of influence in combination is ten times more likely to succeed than relying on a single source of influence. That being said, are you facing organizational issues or career challenges that seem to hang on, no matter how you try changing the force of inertia?
Change initiatives can be approached in a variety of ways, many of which are valid. The key learning here is to enlist more than one method. Perhaps you have a lack of accountability, consistently low morale, or a quality issue that seems to be endemic to the organization. Maybe you have been trying to get recognition or a new position, without success.
All of these issues can be most successfully dealt with by offering up more than one solution.
Don’t know where to look for new potential solutions? You are probably just stuck in a rut. You have been using the same sources for a while; sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t, keeping you waiting in the lunch line forever. Starting today, use a multi-pronged approach to your challenges.
Combine the multipronged approach with the following tactics:
1. Enlist peer pressure and social support as your allies.
2. Change the work environment.
3. Take a cue from your first grade teacher; use rewards and accountability.
4. Build personal motivation in others.
Implement these tactics to help the herd move together, and reach your desired destination or solution, with each situation you face.
|Situation Room: Integrating Change
You are the Human Resources Manager for an auto parts manufacturing plant. One of the line managers quit and you replaced him with an innovative thinker who has already come up with two efficiency ideas since he started, two weeks ago.
You hired Jim in the hopes that he could help reinvigorate the team. There is a lot of cynicism on the floor, and Jim’s attitude could help change the atmosphere. However, instead of acting as a catalyst, the rest of the floor managers have not accepted Jim. His presence seems to antagonize them.
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