Change is a part of life and a part of business. Those organizations that don’t or can’t change will be swept away by the “wave” of change. Leaders who don’t actively plan for and lead their organizations through change, will ultimately allow change to overwhelm. Using a simple three-step process, experienced leader and small business founder Col Mickey Addison will teach you how to plan and implement change strategies to be agile. Developed over a three decade career of leading change in the military, this easy to understand method will work in both the public and private sectors. 1. Survey the Environment. Take a moment to define the change your organization, or project, is facing. Effective leadership entails defining the problem before taking action. Not only does this give you the opportunity to generate options, but it provides you the chance to gain perspective and involve other stakeholders who can also help lead the change. • What are the parameters? • Who is affected? • When will the change start? Need to be completed? • Why is the change needed? • How will the change impact current operations? How about short-, mid- and long-term business strategy? For small business to remain agile, they must anticipate and lead change. Surveying the business environment and the internal culture for to look for trends or problems. A good understanding of the environment is crucial to making a plan to change, and leaders must have a plan for change. 2. Make a Plan and Get Ready to Launch the Change How are you going to get from where your organization is today to where your organization needs to be? Effective leadership requires establishment of a vision of what future success looks like. In project management, the vision takes the form of a project scope statement. In business strategy, the vision is a vivid mental image of what you want your business to be at some point in the future, based on your goals and aspirations. Having a vision gives you a clear focus, and can stop you heading in the wrong direction. The world doesn’t stop spinning because we’re at an off-site, so remaining aware and flexible during the planning process is key. 3. Implement the Change and Make Adjustments as You Go Change will come whether you want it to or not! The best way to make change a source of opportunity versus a source of risk is to take action and remain flexible while remaining on vector towards your vision. No plan has value unless you actually implement! The same is true for business: make a plan, but at point you have to launch. Once you’ve launched, just like after you’ve dropped in, you have to remain aware of your environment so you avoid trouble. Of course, once you’ve ridden one “wave of change”, it’s time to get ready for the next one---change is constant!