The process of change itself is a powerful tool we can use far beyond the COVID crisis, to improve our planning and resilience.
Hopefully, the worst has passed. It’s now important to take time to reflect on the changes you made to your business.
It’s likely there are other opportunities (or changes) that exist to help you future proof your business. Consciously recognising the process required to change can vastly improve your outcomes.
The Five A’s of Change breaks it down simply:
First, we need awareness of what actually needs to change. So, think about what changes you need to prioritise now you have some control back? How can you reflect these in your business plan?
We have to accept that change is a continuous process. Many business owners are craving some stability; however, progress requires change.
Change is a lot more positive when it’s a result of proactive thinking rather than the reactive thinking we’ve become used to over the last 12 months. But, being aware that things need to change and ignoring it can only lead to further problems.
Having a plan is not the end; we must actually implement it. You don’t have to change everything at once, just take it one step at a time if you need to; the momentum for change will grow. But creating your plan will not make it happen, without action, planning is pointless.
Having someone independent to hold us to account is typically a fool proof way to ensure we act. A bit like going to the gym before work… we’re more likely to show up if we’ve committed to a friend or paid for a personal trainer. Having someone hold you accountable is the best way to ensure you implement your plan.