Sometimes, if you want people to do something, you’ve got to use brute force.Â Enough with the buy-in and consensus-building efforts; just make people do it already!
I’ve known plenty of change agents who tried to implement new processes whose efforts were foiled by a boss who did not demand compliance to that process.Â If you wait for everyone to use the new process because they want to, you might be waiting a long time.Â At some point, someone might have to say “this is the way we’re going to do things” and then not accept any alternatives.
Of course, to have any effect, demanding compliance requires that you have authority to tell people what to do. Otherwise you are just a bossy windbag who will probably be ignored.
Where might you need to demand compliance?
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