...is the buzz word of the moment. The reality is that it is just good change management. To pivot is when leaders Energise Action in their teams so that they let go of the past and move towards a viable future.
Here are four action items you can take today:
Move from Vision to Visualisation
Effective leaders recognize a subtle and very important difference between Vision and Visualization. Vision is a picture of the desired future. Visualization is imagining that future state in the present tense. It combines WORDS + PICTURES + EMOTIONS to make the “vision” so real it becomes the dominant reality. Cognitive psychology confirms that the stronger the mental picture, the more people “own” the vision, want to believe in it, and release the energy to achieve it. Engaging in visualization with your team creates a strong replacement picture for them to move towards with a “want-to” energy.
“Want-To” Leads to Accountability
Inspiring people to follow our vision does not come from simply telling people our vision. It comes from holding the conversations that allow people to see exactly how the vision fits their jobs, their goals and their values, and how they contribute. As leaders, we may be clear in communicating vision, strategy, and goals. However, we depend on our people to develop the tactics. They must be the ones to see how it will be accomplished. When they develop the tactics, it increases their discretionary energy and their self-imposed accountability which results in resilience to setbacks or what is known as “grit.”
Watch for Frequency and Intensity
Many of us are looking at change as a binary switch, on or off. In reality, it is a transition from the old to the new. Growth is a better descriptor than change. Growth is the process of letting go of old habits and establishing new habits. As we lead our team, we need to recognize this process and set realistic expectations for demonstrated change. As long as the frequency and intensity of the old behaviours are reducing, while the frequency and intensity of the new habit is increasing, we then reward and reinforce the growth.
When you utilise these 4 ways to get your team to Pivot! you Energise Action in your team and create a new, viable future.