Six ideas for change-making leaders in everyday life

Ideas for change management to take with you in everything from everyday situations to complex IT projects.

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Leading a change is a process which is not always crystal clear. From Helene Svensson's experience as a change leader, she has learned a few simple things that make things easier. Here are six ideas for change management that you can take with you in everyday situations to complex IT projects.

Move an organization from one state to another

Change management is an area in constant development. Basically, it is about moving a company or organization from one location to another in a structured way. Great focus is on the person and changing behaviors to achieve the desired effect.

Association management in large development and organizational change projects are often highlighted, but rarely is there a focus on every change that takes place daily. Remember, here it can also be good idea to have tools and methods prepared to handle the changes more effectively.

From start to finish

It is extremely important that you are involved in the whole process of changes, from start to finish. If you understand how your reactions in everyday life, it becomes easier to understand the humane side in major changes, such as IT development projects or organizational changes.

I have no deeper knowledge of behavioral science, which is a discipline all its own, but I have used common sense and learned from my experiences I have gained over the years. And you can get pretty far on those experiences by themselves. The more experience I gather, the more complex I realize changes are, and that every person you meet handles change differently.

My best ideas for change management in everyday life

This is my six simple ideas which has helped me over the years as a Change Leader in both IT projects and major organizational changes.

  1. Listen more than you speak

    It’s easy to forget to listen. Remember to listen to the person you’re talking to and really try to take in what they have to say. This may explain the person’s reaction and how we get new perspectives on things.

  2. Dare to show empathy and emotion

    Empathy and emotion are important, but take a few breaths before you start speaking when you’re angry or sad and choose your words wisely. Spoken words cannot be unsaid to the person you are talking to.

  3. Right sender of the right message

    The sending of messages is not always so simple. Go through your message beforehand and then communicate your message. Let the right person be the sender, in their own words. Then it is easier for the receiver to understand and absorb the message.

  4. Rather communicate too often

    People often speak about quality before quantity. In very many cases, this is a good rule of thumb, but when it comes to change management, quantity can be good. Therefore, say something even when there is not much to speak about – it is also a message that can create calm.

  5. Be clear and consistent

    Be clear and consistent. It may sound simple, but sometimes requires some additional thoughtfulness. This applies not only in change management contexts, but also in contexts such as raising a child and in leadership.

  6. Promote participation

    Feelings of involvement is often a key to motivation and conveys the feeling of action. Be sure to promote participation and explain why something is being done. It allows you to achieve understanding. Something that is crucial when it comes to change management, and many other areas.

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