How to Get Your Team to Focus Through Change

Strategies for Change Leaders to Motivate Their People 

Every team has a distinct set of motivations for change – some want to grow, some are motivated by the challenge of change, others are motivated by power. But the overall goal is to improve performance.

Leading through change is about aligning your team with your goals and driving them towards those goals no matter what obstacles they face.

However, change management is a major challenge for organizations to accomplish. Change doesn’t happen without leadership and commitment from everyone, every single day.

This can be difficult when people are fearful of change and an uncertain future. It is also important that you give your team a sense of purpose and understanding of why change is crucial.

In this article, we examine how to keep employees focused during periods of change.

6 Strategies to create laser-visioned focus during organizational change

When it comes to motivating their teams, organizations often rely on incentives such as bonuses or raises. However, financial incentives are only a short-term solution. To lead change, you must influence change. You must create an emotional imperative and empower the ability to change. Here are six strategies to lead change effectively by creating focus.

  1. Empower decision making

You might be able to improve your culture and performance by empowering decision-making. This will ensure that there is a shared understanding of the company’s mission and vision and connect it to the need for change. Empowerment means giving people the skills and resources they need to take initiative.

Empowerment is a big shift and requires time and thoughtfulness. Before implementing an empowerment plan, many tasks like setting up the new system should be planned out, otherwise, it may fail due to lack of knowledge or too much work for those who are not used to taking initiative.

  1. Simplify priorities

A frequent problem is that people have too many priorities, so they aren’t able to focus on the most important ones. How can you simplify your priorities to be more focused?

  • Define your values – are you always driven by money, or do you value being a part of something bigger?

  • Pick one principle – honesty and transparency in this case.

  • Make sure that the principle is at the heart of everything you do – it should be what motivates your day-to-day and future decisions as an organization and as individuals within the organization.

Empower decision-making in setting and simplifying priorities by discussing openly with your team.

  1. Delegate appropriate work

Delegation is a powerful tool for getting people with different skillsets to work together towards the same goal. It’s also one of the most effective ways of getting people involved in organizational change.

However, you must ensure that you delegate effectively, taking into account individual ability and ambition to get people focused on organizational change.

It is important for leaders to have an effective system for delegation. You should also define the steps you will take when delegating tasks, what happens when someone gets stuck, and how you will make sure that the work gets completed.

  1. Communicate vision in team meetings

Share your vision for the future, and seek feedback in team meetings. Be open and honest, and encourage people to share their fears and anxieties, as well as their hopes and expectations. This will help you to address common misconceptions and create a shared purpose.

  1. Make one-to-ones meaningful

One-to-ones are a terrific way to create a connection with employees and to get them engaged in the change process. This process starts with understanding their individual needs and then talking about what they might be able to do to fulfill those needs. This helps to personalize the benefits of change and develop positive attitudes.

  1. Celebrate successes

Celebrating success is one of the most powerful ways to influence change. It helps people focus on the change they are trying to make, and it gives them confidence.

What is your next step?

The faster your team can be motivated to change, the quicker it can make a difference. Therefore, it is important for leaders to find ways to keep teams and individual employees focused through the process of change.

This requires an understanding of your people and how change affects them, from which you can develop specific strategies such as delegating appropriate work, dealing with group and individual anxieties, and creating shared goals.

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