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The transaction of leadership change

AUDIO: #1 Reason Your Nagging Problems Keep Coming Back

by Greg Yates | Breakthrough Leadership

Tony was absolutely the best performer in the production department. Everyone wanted him on their team. When a leadership position opened up, we knew Tony was qualified to fill it. Then a strange thing happened. Tony’s great personality as a co-worker became an ill-tempered line leader. His closest friends became adversaries. By the time we realized how bad it was, things were out of hand.

I made the decision to return Tony to his previous position, even leaving his raise in place. We thought everyone would be happy and return to normal. That never happened.  In fact, it became evident that the only way to move forward was to move Tony to another department. Ultimately, even that couldn’t resolve the damage. Tony had to find work elsewhere.

What Does True Change Look Like?

I like healing better than amputation. I like rescue better than brokenness. Breakthrough only happens when the past dies and the future emerges.

We like to keep old behavior and even addictions on life support somewhere in a hospital room of our minds. Maybe they can be cured. Maybe they can serve in some other role. Perhaps they seem to be victims of our own behavior so we feel guilty about them.

Behaviors which are never fully terminated will ALWAYS return.

You’ve seen the movie before…. The hero thinks the evil is destroyed but in a closing scene you see one last lump of black material that somebody missed. And you know a sequel is coming.

If you don’t want a sequel, you have to deal with the remnants of a defeated foe. Like any decision of our lives, in order for recurring problems to be banished, the underlying processes they rely on must be altered.

Why Doesn’t Change Stick?

The #1 Reason your Nagging problems keep coming back is an unwillingness to complete the transaction of CHANGE.

Awareness is like repentance… it’s just the beginning. It leads to Conversation, to Change. All of which address the process of eradication in our lives. The death and turning away completely from neural pathways that lead to repeated defeat.

In leadership, we speak of systems, processes that lead repeatedly to a desired result and yet the processes that really matter often lie in our subconscious personal loops, often never exposed to the intentional systemization that leads to breakthrough.

How Do You Make Change Stick?

So, let’s define TRUE decisions of change that keep old problems from continuing to raid and ravage our results. For decisions to be finalized, there MUST be an exchange. Consideration must be made. You must trade ONE thing for another. If both remain, so do their influences.

There’s a reason why its standard practice for companies to FIRE their leaders when they make changes. Sports teams do the same. If they retain them, they can NEVER change their culture.

But despite what it sounds like, this IS NOT a breakthrough leadership tip about letting people go. The truth is, the most consistent offenders are the patterns in our own leadership… and it’s really hard to FIRE yourself!

The repeat offender is within but our self defense mechanisms keep bailing him out and giving him another chance. True CHANGE requires CONVERSION. The assumptions, fears and beliefs of your life and your leadership MUST be converted into weapons for breakthrough.

What if your greatest weaknesses, the repeat offenders of your leadership, could become your greatest tools to breakthrough?

Change is a Leadership Skill

Believe it or not, CHANGE is a Leadership Skill. True organizational change begins within the leader before it can transform an organization.

The elasticity and velocity of transformational change, transacted in your life is the path to Breakthrough Leadership.

Add your comments to the conversation: How has this post altered your mindset, even if just a little bit, about creating true change in your organization? How has this post changed your mindset about your requirement to change as a leader? Post your reply below.

About Greg

Greg Yates has been a Chicago area businessman for over 30 years. He’s the author of the book, "Broken - How Being Broken Unlocked The Greatest Success of My Life". He has simultaneously owned 14 different businesses in a variety of industries; including real estate, manufacturing, payroll, and technology. Greg has also been an investor and a board member. He attended Olivet Nazarene University. He has a passion for flying. He’s had a pilot’s license for over 30 years and owned a variety of airplanes. Greg and his wife Vicki have been married over 37 years. They have a son, a daughter and seven grandchildren.

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