I am always one for fine tuning, expanding, and adding to your skill set. Knowing that, I was pretty thrilled to come across an article that talked about some essential skills that are lacking in the C suite of a lot of corporations.
The key skill this Forbes article focused on was change leadership. I’m sure there are many of us out there who are in a situation described in the article, “You wake up to discover that a smaller player has made a bold bid to acquire a significant competitor — a move that would catapult it into the big leagues — and one that will change how you need to think about the market. Or your innovative new product that is due out in three months is suddenly beaten to the finish by someone else. Or your data cloud has been hacked, exposing millions of clients’ personal information. Analysts want to know what you’re going to do…”
Sometimes it is hard to see past what is happening right around you, even I struggle with it sometimes, but you eventually have to do whatever you can to dig out, look around, and think long term. To be able to do that, I think everyone needs a little bit of change leadership training. In fact, I think it should be a “must do” during any kind if integration, acquisition, merger, buy out, etc. If you are looking for some free resources, here is one pdf that was published by UC Davis that talk about leadership challenges during change, managing people during organizational transitions, and rebuilding trust.
What will you do to lead through change?
What did you do today?