This story below provides a great metaphor on the difficulties of change.
“If you put a bunch of fleas in a small fish tank with a glass lid, they will initially jump and bounce against the top. After a while, no more fleas will hit the top having “learned” the boundary of their world. At this point, if you remove the lid, very few fleas will escape the tank. They will bounce to their now self-imposed height limitation.”
How do we get the fleas out of the tank? Change can be very daunting for many people. As leaders in your service, you can help encourage change by following a few simple steps.
1. Celebrate what ‘was’, communicate the need for change.
2. Discuss the outcomes, the “Greener Pastures” Use future orientated, positive language.
3. Make the change visual. Use signs, diagrams, models and posters.
4. Have 1:1 meetings to gain individual commitment for change
5. Provide training, so they will have the skills to change
6. Provide the documentation and structure to support for the change
7. Provide emotional support for the team and individuals
8. Set small achievable, measurable goals
9. Persist! Habits vary greatly from person to person
10. Finally and most importantly, celebrate! Not just the end goal, but every little step of the way!
Motivating teams for change is a difficult but important leadership skill.
For more information on inspiring change check out our Leadership Essentials workshops.