Business leaders must deal with continual disruption. Accordingly, it makes leading that much more difficult with every day a chance for leading change. So, learn what it takes to master the pivot, which is an essential skill for modern managers. In my latest book, as Chief Growth Architect of a business management consulting firm, I share critical insights.
All of it gets informed by the work we do with our clients and partners. Grab a cup of coffee, and let me share a few thoughts here on change leadership. And, when you get finished, I hope you dig deeper by getting the book.
Problem: Uncertainty acts as an accelerator. So now, it supercharges both growth, but also decline.
Opportunity: Leading change in this type of environment takes mastery. And, that gets developed through awareness and continual development.
Resolution: Learn to identify resistance to change by learning how to lead through uncertainty. Moreover, get a copy of the book, Master the Pivot: How to Lead (and Win Big) in Times of Uncertainty. Find out what you need to know how to operate when you can never adequately prepare—for anything.
What Leading Change Means in the 21st Century
You may read lots of books and articles about planning. Sure, that's all well and good and necessary. However, technology, globalization, data information, and even society impact how we live and do business. Therefore, the first thing you need to understand about leading change is that our current reality reinforces the idea that we could never entirely prepare for anything. Moreover, while global thought leaders spoke of rapid change, no human could have fully envisioned all aspects of continual change.
The fast pace of change has massive implications for businesses. Leaders have to understand, analyze, assimilate, and adapt continuously.
Make no mistake. How leaders leverage the opportunities (even the hidden ones) for their organizations determines success or failure. Further, leaders need to get their heads around the fact that disruption is now baked into the mix of leadership. So, if that is the reality, what is the one skill every leader must master for success? In my estimation, all leaders have to learn how to master the pivot.
Leaders who want to succeed need to embrace risk. But, it also means they have to lean into data-driven information. The old method of following your gut no longer works in the digital age.
Further, successful change leadership means remaining future-focused to yield ever faster, and smarter, results. Consequently, that means you have to master pivoting and not perfection. Nothing is ever going to be perfect, and sometimes, you will just have to go.
How to Lead Change and Master the Pivot
If you think the stakes are higher than ever, you are correct. As a result, it's easy to fear change because any decision might be the wrong one, you think.
Only movement will create the momentum you need to lead through change.
Once that information gets absorbed, you can begin the process of mastering the pivot. Incidentally, it all starts in the mind of the leader. In other words, continuously leading successful change begins with the mind of each leader. And, this book serves as the frame to get your thinking in that space.
Unlike what you might expect, this book is not going to give you any roadmap. How could it? Everything is continuously fluid and ever-changing. Nevertheless, the book provides critical insights. For instance, you learn how to implement measurable and executable strategies to achieve success in uncertain times.
Moreover, you could think of it as having your personal executive coach in your pocket. And, by reading it, you get insights from a growth architect who recognizes the lure of pre-existing patterns but will challenge you to break them.
Leaders must willing to lean into their discomfort if they want to experience success and change.
The Outcomes of Reading a Revolutionary Book
By reading Master the Pivot: How to Lead (and Win Big) in Times of Uncertainty, you demonstrate that you're ready to re-orient your thinking. As a result, you absorb and appreciate the idea that becoming a master of the pivot is crucial. And once wrapped your head around that idea, next, we shift focus to look at your business or organization. Meaning, you have to have a tough conversation with yourself and perhaps others. But, it all starts with understanding how your group is positioned.
In the book, you'll understand what defines a growth organization and one in decline. Also, learn to recognize the hallmarks for growth or failure, which is a chance to look in the mirror.
Subsequently, get even more familiar with the fears related to change. Again, it's necessary to understand these fears to recognize them in yourself, and also your team. As you continue to read through the book, gain valuable and informative insights on how to master the pivot for leading change. As a result, find out why strategy development requires iterative improvements. And, as one of today's change agents, make the mental shift in understanding to value outcomes over process.
Further, find out about contemporary leadership and management frameworks and how to embrace and support the digital transformation within your organization. Also, the book provides you insights to understand the changing rules of revenue growth. In short, there's crucial information for today's disruptors, including you, for leading change with technology, data information, and even remote teamwork.
Get a Copy of Master the Pivot: How to Lead (and Win Big) in Times of Uncertainty
If you want to develop a data strategy, reassess and reframe your current leadership and management model, or equip and empower remote teams, you might be ready to lead through change.
If you want to understand the changing rules of revenue growth and retooling your selling system, as well as how to harness real-time data for decision making, I invite you to get a copy of Master the Pivot: How to Lead (and Win Big) in Times of Uncertainty. And, once you finish, let me know what you think.
Ben Stroup is Chief Growth Architect and President at Velocity Strategy Solutions where he helps leaders design, develop, and deploy smarter business growth strategies. Ben is a futurist, disruptor, and data champion. He leads a team that takes a structured learning approach to business challenges, which allows them to assist leaders in bridging the gap between ideas, innovation, and revenue—taking ideas from mind to market.
Velocity Strategy Solutions is an on-demand, next-generation business strategy and management consulting firm which provides clients with a relentless focus on data, execution, and results that positively impact the bottom line. Velocity delivers integrated people and revenue strategies combined with a disciplined approach to growth architecture that elevates the capacity of leaders, teams, and organizations to succeed and win more.