4 Steps on the Path to the Highest Good

Change may begin with declaration, but change efforts sputter until leaders change their own behaviors.


4 steps on the path to the highest good:

#1. Paint a picture of the medium-term highest good. Make it near enough to be attainable and distant enough to be aspirational.

  1. Engage others. If you expect engagement, you must leverage engagement.
  2. Focus on pain-points.
  3. Include facts.
  4. Breathe into aspirations.
  5. Use language that touches heads and hearts. Tell stories.
  6. Don’t unnecessarily offend current efforts.
  7. Evaluate assumptions. What assumptions have outlived their usefulness?

#2. Determine new leadership behaviors. 

In the process of vision casting, ineffective leaders exempt themselves and focus on how others need to change.

  1. What must leaders and managers do differently? Change is first about leadership, then others.
  2. How must you think differently about leadership and followership?
  3. Evaluate the present with the future in mind. What systems and processes need to adapt or end because they don’t serve the change?

#3. Hold each other accountable for the highest good.  

Design observable, measurable, shared behaviors. Leadership is a fantasy until ideas are distilled into something you can see. Three questions are essential.

  1. How might you be transparent with efforts? Change-efforts sputter and stall when secrecy prevails.
  2. How might you be transparent with results? Resistance slumbers while people talk. It digs in when the rubber hits the road.
  3. How will you respond to success and failure?

Successful leaders challenge the wrong-headed assumption that new results can be achieved by repeating old behaviors with greater sincerity and intensity. 

#4. Equip people for success.

What new skills and systems support and sustain medium-term change. 

What is essential for effectively leading change?

What makes change efforts sputter and stall?

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