Browse Month: October 2005

I feel like a nag!

Q. Sometimes I feel as though no one does anything I ask until I nag them. I’m starting to feel like my mother must have. What can I do?

A. Maybe they don’t understand why you want them to do the task you are assigning to them so they are focused on completing the tasks they think are more important.

If you explain the purpose behind each of the tasks you assign you will see that people are much less resistant to doing them.

Have a look at my article on The Leadership Power of Purpose for more details of how this works plus some examples.

Managing change

Q. What can I do to manage change where staff are not used to change and are fearful of it, believing every rumour and having no trust in management?

A. Help them trust you.

Until you can build their trust in you they will continue to resist any change you propose.

So give them as many reasons to trust you as you can.

  • Do what you say you will do.
  • Communicate openly and honestly about what will change and how.
  • Point out the things that will NOT change as well as what will be different.
  • If you don’t know something, say so.
  • Be consistent and demonstrate your own openness to change.

And brush up on your change management skills. A training program such as the Successful Change Management seminar I offer with Paddy Spruce may be what you need.