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Four Creative Ways to Lead Change When Someone Else Is Running the Show

Summary: If you serve as an advocate for change, regardless of your place in the organizational chart, people will view you as a potential team leader, a value to the organization, and someone who has great career potential. This article suggests four ways to be a proactive change advocate when someone else is leading organizational change. First, don't wait for someone to tell you your goals or priorities; take the initiative and make recommendations. Second, accept uncertainty, but have the courage to ask about unanswered questions; raise your concerns and ideas, but keep focused on the task at hand. Third, influence what you can; start by building an atmosphere of openness with your peers by asking for and listening to others' concerns. Fourth, model the behavior you want to see in others by offering constructive feedback and opinions to the project team and change leaders.

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  • Topics: Change Management
  • Keywords: Change, Change agent, Change strategies, Influence, Feedback, Behavior modification, Leadership
  • Author: Schlachter, Christina; Hildebrandt, Terry H.;
  • Journal: Journal for Quality and Participation