Over the years I’ve blogged a lot about implementation. Skill in implementation, more so than the ability to create a good idea, is key to success in your organization. They are mountains of good ideas that never change the world. The difference comes when a good idea is tied to effective implementation, preferably one centered around the philosophy of driving change.
Here an old goodies out of the Engine for Change archives about implementation that’s worthy of a second read: Implementing success.
If you’d like to read more, try:
Staying Sober and Driving Change
Insider or Outsider
If You Can Keep It
False Challenges to Implementation
Two Types of Small Wins
When you want a step change in an outcome in your organization, you can’t look to tweak your status quo to get there.
You must find a new approach and embrace it.
Here are a few blog posts about new approaches.
The outcomes we want to achieve are possible and we can achieve them in a short amount of time if we’ll only understand how to hook our efforts into powerful currents of energy in our organizations (i.e., people’s self-motivation) and allow them to express it fully. Nearly everything we’ve learned about generating outcomes is time-consuming, dehumanizing, and dull. Let’s put some life back into our approaches and let people’s energy carry us to the outcomes we want.
It works. I’ve seen it.
You can too, if only you’ll try some new approaches.
Why not try?
On Tuesday I brought you Favorite Quotes (so far): Part 1. As promised, this is Part 2.
Thanks for journeying with me back through these quotes of the week. I hope you’ve found one or two that spoke to you and urged you forward.
I find strength in the words of others, as they show me they’ve seen the challenges I see and they haven’t given up.
I won’t give up either.
This week I’m going to recap my favorites from my Quote of the Week posts to date. In the comments section you can nominate your favorites or nominate new quotes that I should post about.
These are not in any particular order
- Real Progress, about turning around if the road you are on isn’t getting you nearer your goal
- Meant to Shine, about feeling confident about being yourself in a world that is frightened by your light
- Choose Freedom, about the power you unleash when people are free to follow you
- I Still Shout, about not losing your will to fight even when no one seems to listen
- Patience, about waiting until the time is right, but not sitting quietly by doing nothing in the meantime
- Surplus of Meaning, about the importance of stories and metaphors when you’re leading people to a new place
- Very Frustrated, about how you should admit your frustration to yourself and to your team and use that moment to re-energize your change
Join me again on Thursday for Favorite Quotes (so far): Part 2