Managing change is something most people don’t set out to do, and many don’t really consider it in their practice. But, managing change is important, whether you have a team of 10, or you’re a sole practitioner. The market place is changing fast, so you have to be able to as well. This article has a reminder about your team, when managing change.
In 7 tips to help managing change in your firm I looked at many of the things you can do to help your team (and yourself) manage change more effectively. For those who are still thinking there’s not much change around, here’s some examples:
- Online accounting means less processing work.
- Outsourcing means less processing and more of something else (you choice as to what).
- small law firms adapting to the legal services act, ever increasing professional indemnity insurance premiums, changing client demands
- Ever greater computing power and the use of algorithms adapting what clients can do for themselves and what they want from you
- Time pressures
- Social media and how we market ourselves
Managing change is, in a nutshell, about getting people through the emotive connections to what was, and moving on with what will be. The more quickly that happens, the better.
However logical and cold hearted we are, there is still an emotive element to change and managing that is key to changing the way things happen, with less upset.
You can take a lot with you, but normally something has to stay behind. Help your team to see what will be going with them, and listen carefully to what they will be losing.
It’s great to look forward and create, but you need to believe in where you’re going. Help your team explore the future state, give them information. Help them see possibilities, rather than just telling them.
Help them explore, give them information. Help them see possibilities and what actions may be relevant
I think Judy Garland’s voice is amazing and loved watching this clip. It reminds me that you can take a lot with you, but normally something has to stay behind. It’s great to look forward and create, but you need to believe in where you’re going. Enjoy it
What changes will happen to your practice next year, and how will you help your team through them?
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