I’m currently immersed in two leadership transitions. One involves helping my successor begin well with his new team. We’ve done this, in part, through a five-day “New National Team School” that wrapped up today. The other involves me trying to lead a team 10,000 miles away through a change process. Yea, it’s been hard but good for the heart.
My good friend Kok Hiang is about 9 months into a leadership transition for the Singapore ministry. He’s hit a few bumps and grown a larger heart for God and people through the process. So, it seemed like a good idea to take the new team I’ve been coaching this week down to have a little team-to-team field trip. KH oozed with wisdom as our team asked questions and took notes (see pic) on some of his nuggets. The short version:
“Two keys to leading well through transition are 1) Timely communication with all the key stakeholders in the vision, and 2) To keep asking “What is God doing in my heart in the midst of the changes?
“Well-led change involves five Re’s:
- Re-kindling. Our hearts must grow with the vision.
- Re-prioritizing. Realignment, refocusing, and reclarification of our direction.
- Re-newal of leadership. Injection of new blood (hopefully not a complete transfusion).
- Re-structuring. Leveraging our critical resources in light of strategic moves forward.
- Re-source generation. Tapping new sources of innovation, tools, people and money.”
Thanks, KH, for the wise counsel.
Lesson for anyone in the change process: Consider KH’s advice.