All change happens to us but positive change is something we create by what we think, say and do. Over the years I’ve worked with many organizations that have created positive change. UPS in the Northwest and Bona enhanced morale and performance. Precyse and Gallagher Bassett improved their culture and engagement. And the Atlanta Falcons, Clemson Football, UGA Football and many others built winning teams.
With so many organizations creating positive change and achieving significant results I wanted to know why. I believe there are patterns of success and so I looked for the patterns. I knew all these organizations read The Energy Bus but knew there had to be more. I’ve learned that you can give a team a bus (give them a book to read or attend a seminar) but unless you have a driver driving it (taking steps to initiate and drive change) the bus doesn’t move.
After speaking with many of my clients and asking a lot of questions I realized their success had everything to do with a leader taking the wheel and deciding to drive their organization and team on the positive road to success.
These leaders decided they were going to create positive change in themselves and their organizations. They made a commitment to be a more positive leader. They had a vision of the positive change they wanted to create and drove their teams toward this vision. They focused on creating a positive culture. They decided how they would deal with adversity, negativity and energy vampires. They identified actions they would take to enhance positive interactions and communication. They infused positive energy into every area of their organization. They invited everyone on the bus and enhanced engagement. And every day they developed other positive drivers in their organization that drove positive results.
Positive change doesn’t just happen. It is something we must drive and when we do, we change everything for the better. If you are reading this thinking, this sounds great Jon but I’m not the CEO, Principal, Director or Coach. I’m just a member of the team; I want to encourage you to do two things. First share this newsletter with the “leader” of your team/organization and tell them that once a leader decides to take the wheel and become a positive driver, amazing things happen. Second, realize that while you may not be driving the big bus you can make your bus great. Every day decide to drive positive change and influence those around you in a positive way. Invite others on your bus. Have fun and enjoy the ride. If you do this you’ll have a rewarding journey.
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