You want your team to learn and grow. You want your firm to evolve and develop and get better and better. You, the leader of your firm, have a vision for what you want to see your firm achieve in the future. But, to get there, everything cannot stay the same as it is now. Change, growth, and evolution must happen.
Have you ever been here?
You approach your team with a new idea, a new method, a new system… you are excited! But there it is…that dreaded deer in the headlight look from them. Then you begin to feel the silent groans, the words they are thinking even if they aren’t saying them to you… “Ugh…more change. Why do we have to change the way we are doing things? The way we are doing it now is working. It’s fine. Why mess with it?”
They fear this change will be for the worse, won’t work, or will create more work for them. They are comfortable with how things are now. They are GOOD at the way they are doing things now.
Where do these feelings come from?
Your team remembers. If every time they turn around, there is another change, they will grow weary of it. Or worse yet, if you’ve tried to change things in the past, and it didn’t work out, they will hold onto that failure and its aftermath for years and years.
Your team may be skeptical, too, if changes have been approached cavalierly in the past with little to no thought put into how they will affect the team and firm as a whole. These kinds of events create the mindset that change won’t be successful in your firm no matter what they do.
Creating the change mindset
If your team doesn’t commit to change, your chances of success severely diminish. What do you need to do in order to get that precious buy-in from your team? As Vista Consultants, we see adversity to change amongst teams frequently. We visit firms that have asked for our help. They WANT change. Yet, their teams resist. Here are a few things you can do to help gain that buy-in from your team:
These simple tips can help shift your firm’s mindset towards change. Developing a culture that embraces change rather than fighting it can make your firm more productive and successful. When your team lets go of fear for fear’s sake, you will notice an environment where innovation, passion, and dedication thrive. That’s something every organization seeks out. Now, you know where to find it.