The Need For Change Agents
What is a change agent, and what justifies the need for change agents?
I believe that in order to save the world from certain demise, it's time to embrace the value of change, and shift our story about it being challenging. I believe the most vital role of a change agent is to be actively committed to being a participant in changes that help something progress and move forward, in a way that has a ripple effect across the planet.
It could be argued that we have no choice but to shift our story about change being difficult and upsetting. The world of business has changed dramatically over the past decade. Did you know that 40% of today's Fortune 500 companies will not be here in 10 years? And that the typical CEO tenure is now less than 6 years, and falling? The cycles of business are speeding up. The game has completely changed.
The inner game has never been a more vital piece of the business puzzle. It's the single biggest factor in our ability to innovate, collaborate, and create sustainable business practices that will keep our business from becoming a statistic.
Here are some scenarios that work against sustainable, profitable business:
- Organizations struggle with engagement. According to Gallup's report "State of the American Workplace", 70% of the workforce in the United States today is either disengaged, or actively disengaged. What is the bottom line cost of this? How do we create an engaged workplace?
- Change is widely seen as negative, rather than positive. People make fear based decisions from this negative place, leading to small and confined thinking. What if change could be seen as positive? How can we create a thriving change culture that keeps up with the speed of change?
- The most talented people have plenty of choices, and they often exercise their choice to go where they're most appreciated. Finding and keeping the best people at all levels is critical to business growth. What is our strategy for talent attraction?
- Considering the speed with which we can communicate through technology, oftentimes we are not really connecting with our message. How can we increase the quality and impact of communication?
- Millenial's think and behave differently than generations before them. There can be a great disconnect caused by this gap. How can we tap into their talent, value their contributions and give them a reason to stay?
These are just some of the most pressing concerns on the minds of people who are managing change in their organization. In my 30 years in business (the past 9+ years as a heart-centered business coach) I've learned enough to fill a library -- about people.
I've developed a body of work which includes strategies for each of these areas. They're practical, proven, and heart-centered. With diligence and commitment, these strategies work.
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