Change takes time. There are no “quick fixes” in the world of change leadership. I’ve seen many leaders try to rush change through only to destroy themselves, the organization they are trying to change, or the change they are trying to make.
There are occasions, however, when the speed of change can change. There are unique opportunities where change can be introduced and implemented quicker than other times. The leader should be careful to strategically plan each change, but taking advantage of these times can help facilitate change faster.
Here are 7 times the speed of change can change…faster:
When the leader is new – The honeymoon period is real. Honestly, from recent experience, I believe that period is becoming shorter than it may have once been. I don’t know how long this period will last, perhaps a few months or up to a year, but change seems almost expected in the beginning days.
When the change is imminent – There are times when everyone agrees something must be done. When a needed leader unexpectedly resigns, for example, no one likely questions the change in staffing to hire someone new. When “it is what it is” there is an expectation to make a change.
When the organization is new – In the early days of an organization, time can move quickly. Everything is new and so change may come rapidly.
When there is a crisis at hand – I’ve seen this in government, the church and among individuals. When something happens that shakes the core of your being and scares people they’ll be more accepting of any change that may keep it from happening again. (Warning: Sometimes these changes are regretted once emotions heal.)
When there is overwhelming support – There are times you can move swiftly simply because the support is overwhelming. That can be dangerous if the change isn’t good, but public opinion does impact change.
When situations are beyond control – Sometimes you can’t do anything to stop needed change. When government, or other powers, demand change, you can rebel or you can change…quickly.
When you aren’t concerned about the outcome – There are times when the results simply don’t matter much in the scheme of things. We schedule baptisms almost any Sunday. Sometimes we may not have a baptism scheduled, but knowing baptisms help fulfill our key function as a church, we will quickly change our schedule to accommodate.
There are probably equally good illustrations for refusing to make change quickly. (There are probably even 7 of them.) Feel free to share them with me and my readers.
When have you seen the speed of change change?