Thriving in the Face of Adversity


6 Strategies for Leading Change

Are you leading your team or organization through a difficult change? If so, these strategies can help you consider the different steps you need to take, in order to help your people understand the pressures for change, address their concerns, get their buy-in and communicate their role in making it successful.

Make it safe!

  • Create an atmosphere of safety and trust.
  • Enhance or maintain self-esteem.
  • Encourage participation.
  • Model the behaviors you are seeking.

You don’t have to agree, just understand.

  • Give information and business reasons as completely as possible.
  • View resistance as a natural and positive mechanism for sorting new information.
  • Expect resistance and expression of emotion.
  • Listen to and acknowledge others’ reality.

Take the time needed to get a commitment.

  • Start from where they are and lead them to where they are going.
  • Answer questions even if they have already been addressed; they may be asked from another point of view.
  • Discuss the goals, reasons and impact of the change on people.
  • Show compassion for their concerns and address their fears and barriers.
  • Ask for and listen to alternative approaches to the same goal.
  • Stay flexible with the methods and include inputs when possible.

To know you are on the right track, you must first see the track!

  • Clarify the purpose and direction.
  • Create a transition plan and set priorities.
  • Develop success measures and a feedback system.
  • Clarify roles, expectations, and risks.
  • Provide training, incentives, and support.
  • Follow the transition plan.

Only by knowing where you are, can you get to where you are going!

  • Monitor progress regularly.
  • Give feedback on progress.
  • Involve people in making adjustments.

Desired behaviors will be repeated with acknowledgment and reward.

  • Observe and acknowledge every milestone reached.
  • Record every accomplishment.
  • Celebrate successes.
  • Recognize and reward contributions.

When Leading Through Change, Adopt These 4 Strategies

Max McKeown, stated, “Adaptability is about the powerful difference between adapting to cope and adapting to win.” In this article, Matt Mayberry offers four important strategies to lead change:

1. Stay purpose driven

If you direct your focus on creating a culture high on purpose, the “how” will eventually present itself.

2. Communication must be constant

Leaders must communicate both from a technical standpoint and reinforce inspiration & acknowledgment of their people.

3. Invest in your people

The organizations that are passionate about developing & building their people win and come out on top.

4. Persist until you succeed

Persistence is the backbone of the organizations that thrive through extreme change.


Thriving in the Face of Adversity | Stephanie Buxhoeveden | TEDxHerndon

Stephanie Buxhoeveden embodies the spirit of Change Thrivers. “Life is going to challenge you at some point. When this happens you have a few choices- deny, cope, or thrive.”