Last week was a rough one for New Jersey, but my colleague Julie Weissbach and I managed to hold our web workshop on change communication (with the help of MacGyver-like team members who used duct tape, a turkey baster and a transistor radio to overcome power and connection problems).
As usual, we designed the workshop to be interactive, and we were successful in having lots of dialogue with participants about ways to overcome change communication challenges.
One theme that kept coming up was how to engage leaders. Julie and I talked about how important it is for leaders to be "carry the flag" for change by being active advocates. We shared case studies of companies that have kick-started involvement by holding interactive sessions where leaders received a deep-dive on change and gained clarity about their role.
After the workshop, one participant followed up with a question. “My company is about to embark on a major change. We would like to get leaders involved, and I think a session would be a great way to do so. I’ve never conducted this type of leader workshop before, so I wanted to know what it it entail.”
I replied that it’s a little difficult to give general advice because a workshop should, first and foremost, be designed to meet specific objectives for what you need leaders to know, believe and do. Setting those objectives should be your first step.
Then I provided a few tips on holding a leader change session, which I thought would be helpful to share with you as well:
Hope this is useful. If you have other questions about engaging leaders in change, or any other aspect of change communication, just let me know. Thanks.