We all deal with change differently.
Some of us embrace it quickly, others may get stuck in various phases of a change curve, but all of us can be motivated to embrace change.
Your leaders, however, must be armed with a variety of skills, tools, and resources to motivate various groups and individuals to step forward and RAMPP up to embrace change.
My 5 Motivation Drivers of Relatedness, Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose, and Progress fit in a nifty acronym, RAMPP, and may offer one way for your leaders to lead the charge.
- Relatedness. Meet your people’s need for a sense of belonging, especially when faced with change. Watch biases about who your leaders consider in their in and out groups at work (employees who, for whatever reasons, are either in their inner circle or those who are not). Are your leaders sharing information, resources, and time equally between the two groups? Do your leaders bring teams together to build community, talk about the impact of change, and collaborate to ensure change happens. If you want to move change along, build your tribe.
- Autonomy. Have your leaders tap into their team’s need to make a meaningful contribution at work. Share what will and will not change. Ask people to share their ideas for helping change happen and take time to really thank them for their contributions.
- Mastery. Ask people to consider new skills and capabilities. Don’t merely pay lip service to how change is so cool because we learn new stuff. Rather, frequently communicate how the new skills will serve employees and the organization in the future. Foster a true learning environment.
- Purpose. Simon Sinek talks about the need for leaders to communicate the ‘why’ not just the ‘what’ and ‘where’ we are heading. Paint a clear picture of the preferred future but spend a ton of time on connecting people to the ‘why’ — what’s in it for them.
- Progress. I’ve already shared that we should thank people for their contributions. But leaders who lead change effectively should do even more to celebrate wins. Provide frequent updates on the change journey and celebrate any milestones (small and larger) achieved. When your teams can see progress, it builds momentum.
If you want your leaders to be skilled at genuinely motivating change consider our Leading Change Workshop for all levels of executives and managers. Our practical hands-on facilitation will equip your leaders with tools to implement immediately. Change is here to stay. Managing change is a skill every leader needs.
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