Are you a believer in continuous improvement? Do you believe that a state of continuous improvement can exist harmoniously in any business environment and succeed? Well, if you are so confident, then what are you willing to risk to achieve your dreams? You just took on a new leadership role, in a new organization. You were hired to be a change agent. You have the skill sets and history to establish your authority as an expert. Once you get settled in to the organization, you see that making the changes you envisioned are going to be a real battle. Even worse, your boss specifically wanted you to be a ‘change agent’ in the organization and start making a difference. However, there is a big difference in words and deeds with leadership. They say they want change and continuous improvement, but their actions don’t back up their ideas. Now, for all the reasons you were attracted to the new organization and new job, you feel like you are a sole survivor on a desert island. Stranded!
What Will You Risk for Continuous Improvement?
Now that you feel the world is against you … it is time to go to work! Set out on your journey with purpose and determination. Leave the bravado behind! Quickly identify and work with your new boss to identify quick opportunities for change. Use your skills and Lean Six Sigma practices to establish process and document progress. Learn to effectively communicate your goals and vision not only up the chain of command, but equally, down the chain of command. When people understand your purpose and see tangible results, they are more than likely willing to change. Be a great leader, coach and mentor throughout all aspects of your process. Be willing to embrace slow progress just as much as you cheer for the success. It will be a trying time for you. When you have a successful project completed and new processes in place that work, it’s time to take on something bigger and harder! Keep in place your focused leadership and professional skills.
Risk vs. Reward
Belief is equally balanced with risk. The bigger your beliefs, the more you are willing to risk. Your vision for the future should be greater than anyone around you and your willingness to risk everything should match that. Your confidence in your professional skills and abilities will go a long way to gaining the trust and confidence of those around you. The benefits of continuous improvement outweigh the risk of change. Be bold, be confident and use the tools of your practice that are proven tried and true!