Change Leaders: The Beloved Bully Is Stopping You!
by Kate Nasser |
Change leaders, your ability to implement needed change faces one great challenge — the beloved bully in your organization.
The beloved bully has power and influence that outstrips yours.
The beloved bully is sometimes visible, sometimes hidden. In any case, the beloved bully is well-liked! That is the source of its power.
Are you prepared to oust the beloved bully for the good of the business?
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Change Leaders – The Beloved Bully Is Habit.
Habit magnetizes with the power of comfort.
Change repels with the challenge of discomfort.
Change Leaders, How Can Habit Be Both Beloved and a Bully?
Most habits feel good yet they have the power to hold us back. The power of habit bullies into staying in the beloved comfort zone instead of exploring temporary discomfort of tomorrow’s new comfort zone.
Remember change leaders, people love what habit produces — comfort and a huge sense of competence from doing things repeatedly. People begin to crave this expert feeling that habit produces. It is therefore the beloved bully.
Change Leaders – Charge Up Your Magnetism.
Identify the force of habit as the beloved bully to give your change leadership a boost:
- Tap the energy and power of pop culture — “doing things the old way is not cool”.
- Issue a challenge to teams: How can stop unquestioned habit crippling our success?
- Shine the beam of objectivity over fear.
- Show your belief that you can all overpower the power of habit.
Change Leaders Oust Habit — The Beloved Bully.
Demagnetize the power it has over your managers and your teams:
- Change leaders, find the beloved bully — habit.
Habit masquerades as logic and safety.
Habit wraps itself in politically correct labels like best practices.
Habit embezzles the phrase empowerment. It then spreads it like a counterfeit bill to slyly slow and stop change.
Habit raises the flag of fairness.
Habit demands more and more data instead of acting now.
Habit paints you as a dictator when initiating change.
- Question and identify it. Ask: “How are we being driven by habit? What is the risk?”
- Label habit-driven as bad. Make habit-driven politically incorrect.
- Elevate and reward critical thinking, innovative thinking and action.
- Follow-through with integrity. When your actions support your words, you replace the trust they have in habit with trust in your integrity and vision. If instead your words slap them for mistakes when they break from habit, you re-magnetize the power of habit and it will bully your organization for a very long time.
Great leaders are change leaders. They move everyone forward. They can spot the beloved bully of habit lurking and working to keep everyone in today’s comfort zone.
Great change leaders inspire all to explore the temporary discomfort of learning tomorrow’s new comfort zone. They are a buoy of inspiration and balance during the tough times of change.
For 20+ years, I have guided leaders to become great change leaders by ousting the beloved bully of habit. Consultations, team building change workshops, and coaching are available to you right now. Let’s start with a conversation.
From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™
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Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach™, delivers coaching, consulting, training, and keynotes on leading change, employee engagement, teamwork, and delivering the ultimate customer service. She turns interaction obstacles into business success. Masters Organizational Psychology. See this site for workshop outlines, keynote footage, and customer results.