How to be a Change Agent at Work Step #1
Are you looking for ways on how to be a change agent at work? You are probably already thinking that there is no way this blog post can actually help you become a change agent where you work. Well, you are right…this article will not become the change agent that makes you the change agent…man, that was confusing. The first step is believing that YOU are the only one who can choose whether or not to apply the information in this article to your everyday life and actually become the change agent at your job.
How to be a Change Agent at Work Step #2
The hardest part for most people is thinking that just because they CAN do something…THEY SHOULD! In reality, just because you CAN do something, DOES NOT mean that you should.” This is a hard pill for some people to follow, however, people who adopt this mentality tend to be the best leaders within the corporate workplace. True leaders always try to lead by example but within reason. They also know how to recognize their co-worker’s talents and delegate properly. Being a control freak is not an option.
So what does this have to do with becoming a change agent at your job? Whether you are simply a team member with no management responsibilities or you are a department head with tons of management responsibilities, the same principles apply when trying to learn how to be a change agent at work. The second step is to “STAY IN YOUR LANE!” You were hired for a specific job for a specific reason and you need to do the best you can to fulfill that expectation.
How to be a Change Agent at Work Step #3
Building trust can be one of the most time consuming but rewarding things in the world. Trust and loyalty go hand in hand. Therefore, if you are a trustworthy person, you are typically going to be a loyal person. If you consider yourself a loyal person, chances are you are a trustworthy person as well.
True change agents embrace the idea of being trustworthy and loyal and as a result, when they speak or share something, people tend to listen. This includes people of influence (Managers, Directors, and even CEO’s). Therefore, it is in your best interest to put in your time, pay your dues, and strive to be a person who is known for being loyal and trustworthy. Having these two things on your side is probably one of the most important steps in actually making a difference in your workplace.
How to be a Change Agent at Work Step #4
Learn how to pick your battles. The most important thing you have to discover is whether you want to be right or whether you want to be happy. This process involves a bit of discernment and common sense in order to be effective. Learning how to pick your battles wisely means you have to have an open mind and see things from other perspectives. By doing this, you can read the environment and know when to make peace and not war.
There are some things that you will need to go to the mat on, however, most issues can be avoided by taking the high road by treating the people around you with honor and respect. At the end of the day, people are not impressed by your position, title, and money. They are impressed by how you treat others. Your actions will speak louder than words.
How to be a Change Agent at Work Step #5
Finally, successful change agents are (1) Not afraid to say what they think about something and (2) Know the right the right time to say something. Being confident in your ideas and articulating them in an intellectual and understandable way is important, however, you can substantially decrease the impact of your words by choosing to speak at the wrong time.
Finding the right opportunity to share your mind is a lot like knowing when to buy or sell in the stock market. The rule of thumb in trading is that you buy low and sell high. In the same way, you need to speak your mind when it can have the biggest impact. Below are some basic ground rules for speaking up:
- Never speak out of turn or cut someone off.
- Study the conversation and be present. Do not get lost in dreamland and then start speaking without knowing what everyone was talking about.
- Do your research. Know your topic well so you can have answers to questions that may come up.
- Study the potential opposition to your ideas and know how to make a convincing case.
- If someone disagrees with you, don’t get offended! Emotionalism will not accomplish anything.
- Be a good listener and look people in the eyes when they talk. If someone has a response to your comments, honestly listen to their response. Do not be the person who is busy formulating a comeback without even listening to other peoples input.
- Be an expert and most importantly, BE NICE!