The headline Thursday could not be blunter: “Shanahan’s scorched earth plan to overhaul Maple Leafs wins support of MLSE board.” Of course this was the caption to the article by Cathal Kelly in the Globe and Mail referencing the need for a total rebuild of the Leafs. We have been reminded recently that several times in the past a new regime takes over at MLSE (Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment) and promised change, but never goes the distance. This time, we are told, it’s going to be different. We will see.
How about you? How far are you willing to go in the changes you are needing to make?
- Are you willing to downsize?
- Are you willing to relocate?
- Are you willing to reframe your mission, and clarify vague objectives?
- Are you willing to tear it down and rebuild a la our friends mentioned above?
What we find in transitional work is the ease of announcing change, often followed by the discovery of how truly painful real change can be. It can be costly, as some leave us, not wanting to endure this pain. Others may criticize us, saying we are foolish to think this will help. And some may ridicule us. That always bites, doesn’t it?
The question is, will we stay the course? Will we do what it takes to change? I reflect on the story of Noah as inspiration for change. He persevered for many years in the face of the things we mentioned; the ridicule, the sarcasm, the criticism. Yes, he had the last laugh, but that was not his purpose. He was leading in change. Others just didn’t get it.
In change management, our goal is not to say, “See, I told you so!” However, we need to bear down and think about how far we are willing to go to be effective. Real transformation is far beyond a cosmetic wash. How far are you willing to go?
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