Does your role include changing the way other people work?
Perhaps change is in your job description, or even in your job title. Or it’s only inferred. You’re in project management, human resources, strategy management, organizational effectiveness, information technology, process improvement … the list goes on.
Or maybe you’ve never considered it your job to implement change, but you see what’s happening and feel compelled to do something about it and make things better – for you, your colleagues, and your company.
Either way, you want to influence others to embrace different activities and behaviors, and adopt new attitudes.
The position of internal change agent – wherever it falls in the organization – can be a tricky one.
You are responsible for influencing the organization, usually without the direct authority to do so.
Leaders are quick to delegate ownership to you, even though they are the ones who really need to own the project. Although it’s much easier to maintain control if you handle things yourself, if the organization sees you as the project champion instead of the leaders, they will not take it seriously.
On the other hand, try to guide (manipulate?) leaders too much into doing what you want and they will resist the idea of being a puppet. Yet, you are in a position that requires you to give leaders feedback that they themselves will need to change, which is rarely what they signed up for when committing to the initiative.
All the while, you are changing the organization at the same time that you are working within it. You are subject to the same culture and processes that help you succeed in the workplace – even though you want to change them now.
Not to mention you need to keep track of and implement all the moving parts and levers that you are using to cause the organization to move forward one inch at a time.
And yet, despite (perhaps even because of) the daunting task ahead of you, you have hope for the future and want to help the organization get there. Not just because someone has to do it – but because you want to make sure it gets done.
So, if you’re ready to make an impact at work, here are some ways I can help:
Crank up your influence and give your change initiative a boost with the Influence Accelerator Coaching Program! We’ll work together one-on-one over the course of three months to get you and your initiative unstuck. With my support and insight behind you, your coworkers will think you recently started eating Wheaties for breakfast. Learn more >
Ramp up the change capability of your team with my practical workshops. Whether you want a quick dose with a lunch and learn, a 1-2 day full immersion, or somewhere in between, your team will gain tools and knowledge they can use immediately and for years to come. By the time we are done, your team will have already learned and accomplished a lot, and will also be set up for future success. Learn more >
Add to your personal change agent toolkit with the do-it-yourself Irresistible Change Guide™. This resource is not your typical theory-laden textbook. Instead, it provides you with practical ways you can design and influence change in your own organization. After reading the first few pages, you will wish you had had these much earlier in your career. Learn more >
There are plenty of other resources too, such as the radio show, the blog, webinars and other events. You can stay up-to-date on these, plus pick up 12 free templates from the Irresistible Change Guide™, by signing up for the monthly newsletter using the sign-up form in the upper right sidebar.