Once you’re great at driving change, I bet people watching you will say you’re:
- setting an example,
- being a good listener, but not compromising on your values,
- continually teaching other people, and
- helping people pull away from their current practice and beliefs and move into the new philosophy without a feeling of guilt about the past.
W. Edwards Deming defined someone with these characteristics as a person transformed; a person who had achieved a place in a system of profound knowledge.
Captain Ralph Soule wrote up an excellent excerpt of Deming’s system description, cutting together vital definitions to make the abstract concepts hang together in one post.
If you don’t know Deming, read Soule’s post before continuing or the rest of this post likely won’t make as much sense as it could. The Story Continues…
For years I’ve carried around a business card with John Kotter’s emotions that work for and against change written on the back of it. Pulling out the card and reading it helped me build a habit of recognizing when I was adding to or robbing from the change I was trying to drive.
Because of my previous card carrying experience, I’ll admit to being open to Ralph Soule’s recommendation that I print and carry a card on how to practice inquisitive and active leadership. I’ll be printing mine today.
If you’re looking for a system to practice to improve your leadership (of yourself first and then others), then check out both his blog post and the additional material at the link.
Both are well worth the read.