In 2014, I have learned that if you want results from your movement, (idea, project, initiative, change in culture, employee suggestion, your special project, etc. ) you need to plan your move today. Planning is the key.
Planning is made up of the following actions listed below. If you want success, you need to be familiar with these terms and apply one special implementation technique.
Be Transparent – Let people know what you stand for. Don’t keep people guessing. If you want buy-in on your ideas, let them know where you stand.
Change is not easy – However, people know that change is inevitable if your company is going to continue to grow.
Show results – If you want a movement to occur, you need to show what type of results can be expected. Formal reports are great methods for showing how your project will affect results.
Get people on board – Make sure your movement creates value for your co-workers as well as your clients. Too many times, movements have been started by people who want to the credit for themselves. These type of movements can fail fast if their is little buy-in.
Create a plan – Tell people how long this movement will take. If the movement takes a year, break it up into shorter phases. People can relate to short-term goals. Anything longer than a year seems unachievable with the pace of change.
Celebrate milestones – Have a kickoff meeting, communicate status updates each week. Address issues collaboratively and not politically.
Have a passion – If you want a movement to succeed you need to be passionate about it and make it a part of the work that you do.
Create a summary statement – State why this movement should happen and what value it will bring. People connect with short summaries if the words are put together clearly and concisely. If you make it into a piece of legislature, you will lose people very quickly.
Now, most of these items are not new. The special implementation technique is to consider all of these things at the beginning of your movement. Make note of these items and have a plan at the beginning of your movement. If you only look at these ideas during the process, your movement will potentially suffer. This is where the real difference lies.