It starts with you. Do it right, and you’ll enjoy a snowball effect that helps your team, direct reports and even family members implement change.
While many books have covered organizational change, business school professors Chip and Dan Heath cover the patterns all successful change efforts have in common in Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard (2010).
The Heaths avoid looking at the history of failed changes. Instead, they share stories of spectacular changes that worked because execution built upon prior achievements.
In researching significant social, educational, governmental, marital and organizational changes, what are the patterns that emerge that anyone can apply in real-world business situations?
In many ways, the first small steps you take to change your behavior are the most important. Once you initiate change, it seems to feed on itself.
Perhaps the famous Stephen Covey maxim, “Begin with the end in mind,” needs to be revised: Start with the beginning and the end in mind.
Here’s how to get started and unleash the snowball effect.
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