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JAN 2013

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MANAGE CHANGE The process of organizational change is complex. A number of associated factors have the ability to impact the organization's overall ability to successfully evolve. Improper development, management and monitoring can result in the change process spinning out of control and creating chaos. In the center of this storm, it is the leader who must then wrestle control of events and restore order. Yes, having a discussion like this takes some planning and time. One of your roles as a manager is to coach and de‐ velop your employees by giving them new assignments. Keep in mind that taking on new assignments always runs the risk of failure. By setting clear expectations with your employee up‐ front, you will increase their confi‐ dence and, in the long‐run, greatly minimize the number and severity of mistakes. E As individuals are making the shift from a management to leadership style, the entire workplace is being buffeted by change. The leader is no longer controlling the employee's actions, but guiding and directing them through involvement and empowerment. Properly executed, this should be a smooth transition. However, ill-conceived plans implemented by poorly prepared leaders and employees can turn the entire process into chaos. Most organizational changes do not transpire quickly. Typically, organizations and leaders both evolve together as they transition from one style of management to the other. Leaders grow through the persistent application of leadership ideas and concepts and development of their skills. The process is without an ending point, and continually moves forward over time. Leaders who fnd themselves in the midst of a process that has swirled out of control must not be swept away by the tide of events and circumstances. If they are, they will give up the ability to remain detached and view what is happening objectively. This can be challenging because they must regain control while dealing with the daily demands and pressures of the job. Because of this they must understand that they are staring down a complex and often daunting task. For the leader in these circumstances, the frst step is to retain or regain emotional control and then proceed dispassionately. – Timothy F. Bednarz, Ph.D. www.rockproducts.com ROCKproducts • JANUARY 2013 33

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