12 MAXIMS OF CHANGE

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12 MAXIMS OF CHANGE

Written By Dr. Jason Robertson

12 MAXIMS OF CHANGE

You might currently be in the process of enacting some form of change, and if you’re being truthful with yourself, the thought of retreating has crossed your mind more than once. The challenge of change can appear daunting. Perhaps you’ve seen friends endure hardships as they attempted to spearhead similar transformations. Criticism seems to grow louder by the day, and the prospect of facing your inbox each morning has become a source of dread. However, entertain the thought that the perceived complexity of change is magnified by its mystery—a mystery that, in reality, isn’t required. Change is governed by certain principles that can be understood and applied.

For those embarking on this journey, I offer 12 maxims of change:

  1. Passion Fuels the Engine of Progress: Leaders inherently possess a stronger drive for change. In fact, no one will love a leader’s vision more than the leader. Recognize and embrace this as part of your role as a leader.
  2. Vision Inspires the Future: Change is challenging because individuals naturally gravitate towards the familiar. Visionary leadership is critical for transforming a craving for the known into a desire for the new.
  3. Revolution is More Exciting Than Evolution: A vision for transformative change inspires. Aim for significant changes to achieve significant results.
  4. Forward Vision Triumphs Over Nostalgia: The future belongs to those who envision it, not those who reminisce. Those who oppose change usually have no vision for improving the present. Let the promise of a better tomorrow eclipse the comfort of yesterday.
  5. ‘Why’ Matters Most: Understanding the purpose behind change fosters unity and acceptance more than any ‘how’ or ‘what.’ People resist change they don’t understand. Help them understand it. Purpose unites. Sharing the ‘why’ builds bridges over the chasms of doubt.
  6. Strategy Illuminates the Path: Good leaders know everyone must agree about the vision and mission, but great leaders don’t stop there. Change also requires everyone to understand and align with the strategy, whether they fully agree with the strategy or not.
  7. Ownership Empowers: Often, people are not as resistant to change itself as they are to changes that they didn’t personally conceive. Don’t expect everyone to applaud your new ideas on day one. Help people own the new. When people own something, it becomes personal. Owners take responsibility for outcomes.
  8. Volume Isn’t the Best Measurement: Loud vocal opponents do not necessarily represent the majority; they are just loud. Typically, only a small fraction resists change. Focus on the majority and the broader vision. Keep perspective on the actual size of resistance.
  9. Change Belongs to the Courageous: The fear of opposition is often a greater obstacle than opposition itself. Facing opposition with courage transforms fear from a barrier to a milestone.
  10. Action Ages Better than Inaction: When God calls leaders to lead, He gives them a vision for the future. The regret of inaction overshadows the discomfort of potential failure, lead with conviction. How do you want to be remembered: a leader who tried or not?
  11. Better Sells Itself: Lasting change occurs when it becomes so ingrained in the culture that living in the past becomes undesirable. Once people overcome the initial shock of new, better wins the day.
  12. Innovation is a Constant Journey: Maintain a culture of continuous improvement to avoid stagnation. Leadership is not just about leading through change but leading constant change.

These principles are intended to erase the enigma of change so that you can go forward with confidence, fulfilling your calling. What insights have you found valuable in managing change within your team or organization? Let us know, and let us help at jrobertson@csbc.com.

About the Author

Dr. Jason Robertson
Pastor, Huntington Beach Church

Dr. Jason Robertson serves as the Church Matters Team Leader of the California Southern Baptist Convention, helping churches stay healthy. He is also an elder of Huntington Beach Church. Jason has over 20 years of ministry experience in California, including pastoring, coaching leaders, and planting and revitalizing churches.

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