Are You A Committed Leader?
January 31, 2016
By Laurie Clarke, Chief Operating Officer
There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it is convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.
– Kenneth Blanchard
When a company hires The Tatham Group I am sure of at least one thing: one leader in the organization is committed to a vision of a different company for the future. These are the leaders who will change the way customers are served and how the business operates. How do you know if a leader is committed?
- They trust in the process and say ‘yes’ to prototyping
- There is relentless follow through from design to implementation
- Changing the structure to manage the process is part of their plan
- They allow the teams to own the change not managers or support areas
- Dealing with negative behaviour is done quickly and without fanfare yet positive behaviour is highlighted to let it grow and shine
- Their focus is on results not activity or excuses
Transformational change is hard. So hard, most people flirt with it but never fully commit. They spend a career excusing away their missed goals. Those who resist the urge to traverse on the most convenient path achieve results better than they imagined. Are you committed?