The Change Masters’ Courses
Welcome to The Change Masters courses, designed to prepare you for any business or personal challenge you may face today and tomorrow. This unique program is a wake-up call to individual and team leadership. Each of us must be willing to stand out while fitting into our organizations and society. We must be team leaders, not just team members. We can no longer say: “Why don’t they do something?” We must say, instead: “Here’s what I am doing to solve the problem, by thinking globally and acting locally.”
We live in a fast forward world with more changes in a one of our days than in a decade or more of our grandparents’ lives. You have both the opportunity and responsibility to create a harvest of abundance and fulfillment for your families and generations to follow. It is up to you.
There are only two choices facing leaders today and in the future: You must become Change Masters or become obsolete as Change Victims. Today, in the knowledge-based world, where change is the rule, a set of personal strategies is essential to success, even survival. Never again will you be able to go to your place of business on autopilot, comfortable and secure that the organization will provide for and look after you.
In order to gain the respect of others, we must first earn it. We must be respectable. In order to be a role model, we must first set a positive example. In order to lead others, we must first lead ourselves. You must look in the mirror when you ask who is responsible for your success or failure. You must become a lifelong learner and leader, for to be a follower is to fall hopelessly behind the pace of progress.
As employees, which most of us are, we have but two choices today: to be a team leader of a winning team or face being replaced. Employers also have two choices: empower the few who will be their new team leaders, or see their top producers exercise their free-agent rights and join another team that does have the vision, culture, synergy, and leadership to win. A team, in short, that has embraced the new culture.
We are well into a new century of unprecedented human growth and development. We must reexamine and reevaluate the way we think, the way we respond to life’s daily challenges in what will be a time of even more astonishing change. The new leaders in these new decades will welcome change rather than try to resist it. They will have learned how to make change work for them rather than against them. And they will have developed unique strategies and skills that enable them to create opportunities from challenges. The new leaders actually benefit from change–some of which they create themselves. Like surfers, they ride the waves, using their power to take them where they want to go. Rather than trying to resist change, they seek harmony with it. In response to rapid change, the new change masters introduce it in the form of new methods that increase effectiveness and efficiency, create new products and new services, lower costs, and encourage ideas to enhance productivity. They learn how, why, and where things are changing so they can exploit the possibilities. Instead of fighting for market share, they create new markets. They respond to global competition by determining what they are best at, then doing it.
The geographic boundaries to knowledge have been erased. Digital technology, combined with virtually unlimited data storage, retrieval and transmission – via smart phones and tablets.–have made possible instant information access throughout the world. Therefore, anything of high quality can be made anywhere. Companies are restructuring, relocating, and reengineering to eliminate their own boundaries and hierarchies. So too must individuals reinvent themselves in order to adapt to a fast-forward world in which Shanghai is only seconds in communications from New York, and Washington is no farther from Beijing. One CEO put this bluntly: “Unless we manage change, we’re going to change management.”
Not long ago, what you learned in school was largely all you needed to learn; you could rely on that knowledge for the rest of your life. With knowledge expanding exponentially, this is no longer true. Hundreds of scientific papers are published daily. Every thirty seconds, some new technological company produces yet another innovation. Your formal education has a very short shelf life. Thus lifelong learning means far more than formal classroom knowledge. In a world in which working with people is essential, it also means deepening your understanding of yourself and others. A shared belief emerged from a recent round-table discussion among a group of innovative multi-national business leaders. All the leaders, while innovating in their business lives, were doing the same in other spheres of their lives. They agreed that their subordinates’ executive growth depended on personal growth, and that those who believed they had completed their education were on a fast track to personal obsolescence. Lifelong learning, once a luxury for the few, has become absolutely vital to continued success.
Although change is the rule, you must not let change be your ruler. You must tap into the knowledge and experience of everyone in your organization. Some of the youngest and lowest paid employees have ideas that can increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your enterprise. Some of the older veterans who are seldom called upon to voice their opinions on productivity have experienced virtually every type of business challenge at some point in their careers. By challenging your own assumptions and being open to ideas and suggestions available from a variety of human resources within your sphere of influence, you will join the ranks of the successful leaders who will own the future.
This program will be your guide to help you develop a strategy for leadership to advance you to your profession’s cutting edge. It will help you learn to avoid repeating old mistakes. It will enable you to rid yourself of obsolete thinking that stifles your creativity and help you unleash your true potential. Most of all, it will help you empower yourself and those who look to you for leadership to be inspired to embrace excellence as authentic Change Masters.
Here are just a few of our desired outcomes for participants in The Change Masters’ Courses:
- Adapt more effectively to rapid change, complexity, competition and time pressures
- Increase motivation of individuals and team members to high performance achievement in their business and personal lives.
- Increase self-confidence and personal commitment to integrity
- Provide concise, useful daily examples and action steps on how to lead yourself and others to more effective inter-personal and intra-personal communications, increased focus on primary priorities, a healthier, more optimistic view of the future, and how to handle setbacks, challenges, and difficult situations with resiliency and emotional intelligence.