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Managing Change: Morale, Motivation, and Change

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Written by Ben Contillo

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The beginning of a new year presents us with a chance to make positive changes in our lives and our work. But unlike your New Year’s resolution to lose 10 pounds, you can’t just abandon your change initiatives at work after your trial membership at the gym runs out. As a manager, it’s not enough to adjust to change all on your own. You need to prepare your team for changes by creating a culture that’s ready and willing to adapt to change. Knowing how to lead a team that can adjust to shifting circumstances is essential to delivering quality work consistently.

Managing Change offers learners insights on how to anticipate and manage their team through change. Learners will be able to identify what types of internal and external factors lead to change, how to prepare for what’s coming, and how to implement changes that stick.

Identify change

screen_shot_2015-12-17_at_4.06.34_pm_720Change can come from within or without. Demand for your product can grow or shrink, new hires can alter the dynamics of your office, and any number of market factors can lead to dramatic shifts in business. While we can’t teach you to see the future (yet) we can help you anticipate what might change and get your team ready for what’s coming. In “Know the Types of Change in an Organization” you’ll learn what to look for so you and your team can stay a step ahead and keep steady during periods of change.

Normalize change

pic1No matter how prepared you may be, some changes will always take you by surprise. Many people are naturally averse to change, especially when it feels sudden. The only way to ensure that your team doesn’t devolve into disarray is to create a culture that views change as a positive. In “Create A Culture of Change,” you’ll learn how to get your team excited for new experiences and circumstances. In “Manage Resistance to Change” you’ll gain skills to build support for change and ease the transition for team members who may have reservations.

Get ready for change

Playing it fast and loose certainly sounds cool, but it’s not a sound business strategy. As a manager, your team will look to you for reliable leadership. Having a vision that unites and motivates them is crucial. In “Planning for Change,” you will learn how to structure your team in advance of a foreseeable change. In “Support Your Team to Navigate Change you’ll get practical advice for getting your team on board and encouraging them to take ownership of new roles in new circumstances.

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