Be a confident change leader
In this podcast, I speak with Barbara Trautlein on why is it important for project managers to be confident change leaders. Listen to the podcast below about how to be a confident change leader.
Barbara founded Change Catalysts twenty years ago and continues to serve as its principal. She is a highly respected consultant, best practice researcher, international speaker, and published author. She applies her wide-ranging consulting experience to lead impactful and meaningful transformations.
As the creator of the powerful, proprietary CQ® System for Developing Change Intelligence®, Barbara designs and delivers customised solutions that catalyse change to produce transformational, personal, organisational, and bottom-line business results.
Barbara has provided consulting and coaching services to all levels of leaders at several Fortune 50 client corporations as well as at small- to mid-sized organisations; managed long-term engagements with clients in industries spanning from steel to healthcare; and led strategic change, culture and workforce development initiatives at headquarters, manufacturing and retail sites.
She has been invited to make presentations, conduct workshops, and chair conference sessions not only in North America but also in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Barbara is a catalyst for powerful change in the lives of others, and she has developed the company around parallel catalysts that she has used successfully with dozens of firms over two decades.
Points raised in this podcast:
- Leading change is apart of every product manager’s job. Project managers often have to overcome resistance to change in many areas of projects.
- Some project managers don’t have the ‘empathy gene’ this can be overcome by using change intelligence.
- The need to incorporate people’s emotions, fears and feeling can be a challenge for some project managers. Traction, partnership or collaboration can be affected by lack of skills for connecting with the heart (this is the bottom line of change intelligence).
- Some manager’s lead from the hands and not from the heart, this is central to the change intelligence concept. Adapting to be more effect is key to the success of change management.
- Building rapport and understanding what the other person is wanting from you is essential to being a confident change leader.
- Project managers can focus on the details, the project plan, the risks, and issues and aren’t as sensitive to the organisational strategy. Focusing on strategic conversations allows both parties to get what they need.
- It’s difficult for all parties to buy in without strategic conversations, change intelligence allows PM’s to do online assessments to understand their CQ and figure out strengths, weaknesses and blind spots.
- The CQ process allows for a clearer view of collective strengths, where the gaps are and where are the areas we can improve for improved effectiveness.
- Enlightened project managers usually have an epiphany during their careers, leadership skills around change is usually the area where most people struggle and need assistance.
- Coaching shows that you can and that you are paying attention, project managers always think that their communications are a lot clearer than they really are. Set expectations and give feedback, focus on getting alignment and motivating people to get on the same page.
- Opportunity and time for reflection is essential to tap into and assess into the root cause in times when things don’t go so well in projects. Being aware and being intelligence in how we manage change allows us to transform the way we perform as a change leader.
- Think about what is your style of change and look for other styles and tools to enhance your style and the way you manage a project. Figure out if you are a ‘hands’ or ‘heart’ style of manager and get to the root of how you connect, motivate and influence people.
- Find out what your key stakeholders want. How can I do to make this project successful?
- Tap into your head, heart and hands tools to focus on your style of change.
- Invest time in understanding your team by using a team assessment tool and understand how people want to engage. Change intelligence applies at a personal, team and enterprise level.
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