So many “change leaders” out there have a love-affair with the plan. They will dance with the process. Their head is in it, their thoughts ready to go.
If only they didn’t have to lead people through that plan.
But, guess what? They do. And the best-laid change plans have been thwarted by a refusal of the overall population to initiate the change.
In my book, Real People, Real Change, I say that “Change warriors must balance the discomfort of change while simultaneously engaging the hearts of those who will be key players in the initiative. Warriors know that creating change is usually not a gentle process, but they also know that unless they enroll the hearts of the people impacted, the change will never convert to actual behaviors.”
So how do you convert plans to action? How do you engage the heart? Here are a few suggestions I share in my book:
As Robert Burns says, “The best laid plans of mice and men . . .” often go awry. But the heart, once enrolled, will stay on course.