Leading Through Change
Posted on February 6, 2020 8:00 AM by Admin
LEADING THROUGH 6 CHANGE REACTIONS GENERATIONALLY
(Hayden Shaw, based on his book Generational IQ)
Note: his model that describes the various categories of change reactions is a good one. Will need to get it out of the book.
o Ex. Preservation (more security), progressive (up for any change), light-eaters (no change is any good)
• Ask: “I wonder what they would prefer that is different from what we do” vs. “what’s wrong with them.”
• Music runs deep into the brain. Don’t underestimate the impact of the change here.
• It’s not the change, it is the wave that follows.
o My change needs may be different than yours (per the model).
o Problem: when the leader has no sympathy for those who find a change emotionally taxing.
o You must shepherd them through the change, not just preach at them. Listen, listen, listen.
o Find ways to honor the past.
• Your options: find a safe place for them to go or kick them out (sacrifice them for the greater “good”)
o For those who are feeling left out or disenfranchised, they need to know they are safe.
• Some see change as the enemy – it can be a gift.
• Celebrate the change long afterwards, and keep listening.
• Churches run on vision, businesses run on profit/cash. It is easy to deflate the dreams at church.
• Need to accelerate shepherding vs. preaching them through the change.
• Can’t solve all emotional responses, but you can burp them like a baby (i.e., hold, soothe, listen, etc.)
Notes from Allen Suit attend breakout at Midwest Leadership Summit 2020. Allen chairs CABA's ALT and is a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist in Kenwood.