Monthly Archives: January 2014

Transformational Change: Where do we start?

By Mike Poutiatine

Editor’s Note: A few weeks ago I wrote a blog about transactional change vs. transformational change. The idea being that New Year’s Resolutions are very rarely changes that stick, rather they are fleeting. True, lasting change is transformational. I had a few questions asking how to achieve true transformational change. Realizing that I’m not an expert, I turned to someone that is, my friend Mike Poutiatine.

True transformation of self, organization, community or society requires the complex interaction of three things; Thinking, Feeling and Doing.   Virtually all transformational change starts with one of these three.  All are involved with true transformation, but one of them is always the seed.

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How to Get Buy In

This morning, I’m working on building a marketing team for a church. I’ve been staring at blank emails trying to figure out how to get others to buy in, without sounding lame.

But that’s the trick right? How do you get others excited about something they might have no interest in being excited about?

The answer is something that looks you in the face every time you’re on Facebook or Twitter: transparency and authenticity. Good social media content is transparent and is written by and sounds like a human.

So, in trying to recruit a team, I’m honest about my intentions, their expected time commitment, as well as my level of enthusiasm. Additionally, I write it in my real tone of voice. Nothing made up or contrived. Just transparent and real.

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The Wonderful Curse

The funny thing with doing something awesome the first time is that you end up being expected to do the same every time.

Now, I didn’t say “the challenge with doing something awesome…” because, in all honesty, this should be considered a good thing. Awesomeness (or excellence) should never be a burden. This is why I call excelling at a given task The Wonderful Curse.

Setting the bar high for yourself should be routine, but you should also expect the fallout – good and bad. The good being that you worked hard and completed a task well. The bad being, you will now be held to that standard, but is that really a bad thing.

The only real cure to the curse is to work hard regardless (if you’re a Christ Follower, read “work hard for the Lord). Do work you can be proud of no matter what. If it doesn’t meet someone else’s awesomeness standard, you can at least still sleep at night knowing you did your best.

 

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