Sort through fears and opportunities to find hope.
As schools and organizations across the country prepare for reentry, leaders are feeling the pressure to be decisive. We are facing a wide variety of scenarios—many unprecedented. Due to the uncertainty, emotions at the forefront for both leaders and their people. Dr. KK Owen is one of our coaches helping partners create a plan moving forward for reentry. In this episode, listen as KK shares about how we’re helping leaders manage fears while moving forward to get ready for reentry—and how leaders listening can benefit.
This episode addresses questions, such as:
- What can leaders do to engage with and tend to the emotions of their people ahead of reentry to help make it a success?
- What is a Fear to Opportunities assessment and how does it work?
- Why are we hosting Reentry Roundtables and how will those help prepare leaders for a successful return to schools?
In "normal" times when things are relatively predictable, strong leadership is desired. When unpredictable times appear, strong leadership is essential. Even the strongest organizational structures bring tremendous challenges that impact results. Our old way of doing business simply will not work.
Nothing stays the same. In fact, if we keep doing things the same way we've always done them, it's likely our performance will decline. Change is the only constant in our organizations and in life, and for most, change is uncomfortable. For organizations to stay relevant and innovative, teams must work through fears quickly.
Change is constant for all of us. This is true in our personal lives-I think about iPhone changes that send me into fits of frenzy. Changes also occur daily in our work lives. Because change causes us to adjust routines and thinking, it can be frustrating.
Successful changes share a common pattern. They require the leader of the change to do three things at once: direct the rider, motivate the elephant, and shape the path. In this short clip, Dan Heath describes this set of leadership actions in detail.