Encouraging Teams to Embrace Change

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson goes over some ways by which leaders can encourage teams to embrace change. We'll also cover why change may occur and the benefits thereof.

Encouraging a Team

Teams can be encouraged to work harder, complete projects faster, and collaborate better. Good team leaders know how to do this tactfully. They also understand and appreciate the need for teams to embrace change.

In this lesson, we go over why embracing change is a good thing and how leaders can encourage this behavior when it's necessary.

Embracing Change

The best teams are those that can embrace change when it's necessary and find innovative solutions as a result.

Change may mean that a new team member has just arrived. Awesome! That's a fresh perspective the entire team can use to help innovate!

Change can also mean taking on a new challenge. Maybe it's because of a new competitor that has entered the marketplace, requiring the team to change its strategy or course. This would require coming up with a new plan to tackle this problem, which can be challenging yet invigorating at the same time.

Another possible factor that may need to be embraced is a change to rules and procedures. Perhaps the company has been sold and the new management has put in some new policies. Highlighting the benefits of these is important for embracing this kind of change.

For instance, perhaps the new owners don't allow people to work from home. This may disgruntle a few people. Embrace the change from a different perspective. Point out how the new change will allow for added face-to-face brainstorming sessions that can add a spark of team-based creativity and growth.

Regardless of which of these or other catalysts of change occur, it's important to embrace any one of them as they can all be helpful even if they don't appear to be initially.

Leading Creative Teams

So how can you encourage your team to embrace change for creativity and collaboration's sake? Here are a few pointers:

1. Be positive about any change. A positive mind is more creative than a sulking mind. People love to collaborate with optimists, not pessimists.

2. Make sure you're honest about any aspects of the coming change. Among other benefits of such an approach, this will help the team work together to come up with any necessary solution to solve any problem the change may present.

3. Ensure everyone is involved. Everyone should be given the opportunity to be heard in order to better deal with any change that's about to come. If someone is left out, they may feel slighted or unimportant. Giving people this option can also help the group brainstorm together, if necessary.

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