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What Got You Here, Won't Get You There

When running an organization, it's common to encounter situations where things go wrong, despite how many times you and your team have gone through the same processes.

It's frustrating and disappointing when your best efforts simply fail to yield the desired outcomes. Rather than accepting failure, successful leaders embrace the opportunity to learn and adapt.

I've often heard the saying "what got you here, won't get you there." To elevate your operation, you need new systems, new talent and new processes. The uncomfortable part is that unless something blows up, you don't notice that what you've been doing for years, simply doesn't work anymore.

There are a few key steps that you can take to make changes when you discover that your current processes are no longer working effectively.

The first step is to identify the precise problem causing the process to fail. This involves conducting a thorough analysis, seeking feedback from staff and reviewing relevant data. By pinpointing the specific issue(s), you can better understand the root cause and begin formulating solutions. Next, reflect on your goals and objectives. Determine whether they are still relevant and aligned with your long-term vision. Many times, we have steps in our process for a particular reason that no longer exist. We don't even understand why we're collecting certain information anymore.

After banging your fist on the desk (yes, I literally did this last week), it's time to develop a plan that outlines the necessary changes to address the identified problems. Perhaps you can use software to help facilitate your processes. Examine the talent on your staff and whether everyone has the support and resources needed to succeed. During this process, have open and honest communication about the issues and the changes that need to occur. Share the reasons behind the need for change with your team members, and get their feedback, Active involvement fosters a sense of ownership and helps your team navigate the transition more smoothly.

Before implementing changes on a large scale, consider conducting pilot tests or experiments. This allows you to gather real-time feedback in bite-size pieces. This will help your team to identify potential pitfalls, and make necessary adjustments. Embracing change when processes fail, is not a failure of your team or your organization. It's a healthy part of growing the capacity of your operations. By identifying problems, planning thoughtfully, communicating transparently, and monitoring progress, you can adapt your processes to align with evolving needs. Remember, making changes is not a sign of failure, but an opportunity to learn, refine, and achieve greater success in the long run.

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