Friday, May 4, 2012

Checklist For Personal Change By BOSS Member Dr. Dawg

How can people effectively implement change in their personal and professional lives? Evidence suggests that the most challenging stage of the change process is getting people to change their behavior and how they view their situations. Below is a checklist for change that can be used to help facilitate change in any situation:
·         Transparency- The important first step is embracing transparency. One has to understand that there is a need for change and that there is a problem. Identifying the problem and being honest and transparent is critical.
·         Communication- Communication is critical. Keeping the lines of communication open with those that the change will impact is important.
·         Self-Survey- Write down critical questions related to the change and answer them honestly.
·         Vision- The survey should have a question explaining what the current vision is, and a question regarding the ideal vision for change.
·         Analyze- Analyze the responses; finding common themes, and develop a report.
·         Plan- Develop a plan for short-term goals and long-term goals. The focus of the short-term goals should be to complete them within 30-90 days. Long-term plans should be created to cover list items that cannot be completed in the ninety-day timeframe.
·         Implementation- Establish that start date and do it.
·         Accountability- Identify an accountability partner that is trusted, who can help monitor the change progress and who will be honest in their feedback.
·         Post-implementation- Short-term plans should have 15-day checkpoints to determine what is working. Longer-term plans should have 30-day checkpoints.
The change process can be difficult, but not unattainable. It takes hard work, personal commitment and a sense of urgency for individuals to change but the end results can be so rewarding for sticking with the plan.

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