The ‘C” Word. That was going to be the start of this blog - But, after careful consideration, I changed my mind.
My name is Lisa and I am a cyclist (The ‘C” word). (The original title makes sense now)! What makes it worst is that I love recreational cycling. I love it.
I am not competitive (much) which may or may not translate well into the business world.
But I am collaborative. I love cycling with a friend. I like the one on one time and attention. I like the personal exchange of tips when planning and strategizing improvement or critiquing what is holding us back. Time to self-reflection and critically reflect is important when planning transformational improvement.
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
I have worked with many businesses and in a diverse number of industries to challenge workplace culture and instigate change. The process is slow, and sometimes painful.
It takes planning. It takes collaboration. Often, a fresh set of eyes is critical.
Change takes time. It takes consistent effort and commitment from the team.
Change can be brutal. Workplace culture can be so strongly imbedded that it feels like it comes from the bricks and mortar of the physical building. I have asked questions about why processes or policies are the way they are? The most frustrating answer is “because this is the way it has always been”.
Have you heard this story?
The wife sends the husband to the store for a ham. After he bought it, she asked him why he didn’t have the butcher cut off the end of the ham. The husband asked his wife why she wanted the end cut off. She replied that her mother had always done it that way and that was reason enough for her. Since the wife’s mother was visiting, they asked her why she always cut off the end of the ham. Mother replied that this was the way her mother did it; Mother, daughter and the husband decided to call grandmother and solve this three-generation mystery. Grandmother promptly replied that she cut the end of the ham because her roaster was too small to cook it in one piece.
Education is key in change. Mentorship is a powerful methodology to implement and manage change. Change needs to be managed through education not in managing people.
Work with people, manage change.
A good mentorship program implements a planned and collaborative education program to meet the business of workplace culture change. A good mentorship program is flexible, directed and open but also structured to meet business needs, clearly and definitively.
The BAM Mentorship program manages change from an educational platform.
As the recreational cyclist that I am – I have met several bumps in road. I have had a few falls. But I get back on my bike and change my route. My wisdom is fraught with pain. (Helen Ready reference!)
Check out Helen Ready singing "I am Woman"..
I am a passionate change protagonist.