Today is the day that most people (except all the smart folks in Arizona) change their clocks for daylight savings time. This bi-annual event got me thinking about the signs that change is needed in our organizations.
Change is hard. For many people it's really hard. Many people with good intentions (preserve a legacy, honor a founder, fear of breaking something) get stuck and double down on a strategy that, should they remove emotion and gaze beyond the current situation or pain point, is obviously wrong to even a casual observer.
Such is the challenge for good leaders. Balancing the past with the here and now and the desired future. Fear is often a factor for not making the right changes (or any change). Pride is another. We often find that smart people make bad decisions not because they want to make bad decisions, but are blinded to (or they intentionally ignore) warning signs.
Disfunction rules the day when individuals on a leadership team or board of directors take their eyes of the data and people that are telling them there are issues (or dare I say, they are at a critical inflection point) and they go into their own cocoon and start worrying about their own territory (or job, or department).
Here are a few warning signs that indicate it's time for something (or someone) new. Some of these may seem obvious, but as the saying goes..."if I had a dollar for every time someone didn't see or take action on something obvious, I could have retired a long time ago".
As obvious as it sounds, if you see or experience any of these issues, your worst strategy is to keep doing what you are doing. Don't let fear, pride or disfunction stop you from doing what needs to be done to survive and thrive! Be open and responsive to what's going on around you and lead change initiatives based on data, insight and confidence that change is the right thing to do.
Steve is a husband, father, and business exec. He loves anything outdoors, anything that is a hard challenge, and enjoys working with anyone who wants to continually improve. And golf. He loves golf. Steve is the founder and CEO of Executive Advisory Partners.