Steps to Your
"Under New Management"
says the sign. What comes to mind when you see that? You
will see it in retail operations, dining establishments, and residential
apartments. Let's face it, the implied message is that it is "New
and Improved Management" that will somehow benefit you as
The unfortunate reality
is that an organization or department becomes stale
easily. Our human tendency to migrate toward what is comfortable
and make it a "habit" is a very natural one. This presents
a problem given the ongoing process of competitive, global economic
book Managing In The Next Society Peter Drucker says,
"To survive and succeed, every organization will have
to turn itself into a change agent. The most effective way to
manage change successfully is to create it. But experience has
shown that grafting innovation on to a traditional enterprise
does not work. The enterprise has to become a change agent. This
requires the organized abandonment of things that have been shown
to be unsuccessful, and the organized and continuous improvement
of every product, service, and process within the enterprise (which
the Japanese, as you know, call kaizen).
It requires the exploitation of successes, especially unexpected
and unplanned-for ones, and it requires systematic innovation.
The point of becoming a change agent is that it changes the mind-set
of the entire organization. Instead of seeing change as a threat,
its people will come to consider it an opportunity."
(Managing in the
Next Society, Peter F. Drucker)
question for yourself > On
a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you think you intentionally and
proactively seek out opportunities to change the way you manage
To lead/coach others
through change effectively, start with yourself. As we close out
the old year and begin a new one, this is an appropriate
time for reflection on the past and proactive planning for how
you will lead differently in the months ahead.
Pull out a pen and
paper (or print this page.) Here
steps to help you create "Renewed Management" as you
1) Challenge yourself.
Though this may seem frivolous or uncomfortable, it proves
the point of how habitual we are. Which hand is your watch
on ? I
challenge you to switch it to the other hand for two months as
a reminder of the challenge to change some of your management
habits in the months ahead.
2) Use these questions
to stimulate some valuable self-evaluation. You will find it helpful
to do these on paper.
- What did you do
well in the last year?
- What do you wish
you had handled differently?
- What 2 valuable
lessons did you learn (or re-learn) last year?
3) Given your
answers above, complete the following:
thing I will commit to doing more of is ____________
One thing I will commit to doing less of is _____________
One thing I will commit to stop doing is _______________
One thing I will commit to start doing is _______________
4) List 3 new
behaviors that would be helpful for you to implement until they
Which one, if you were to do it consistently, would have the greatest
impact on your ability to be an effective leader?
5) For your own
renewal, take time to set balanced goals for change.
Engage in personal strategic planning. In short, consider 2 or
3 objectives in the areas of mind, body, spirit and career.
In summary, if you
initiate a change in the way you Coach/Lead your teams, the term
New Management" will
refer to the results of your continuous progressive
development and the stimulation of innovative ideas vs.
Make it an incredibly innovative
Chuck Reynolds is a Principal
and Chief Performance Officer with Excel
Group Development a Performance Solutions firm that assists
organizations in enhancing management and team effectiveness.
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