Creative Leadership

What is Blocking Positive Change In Your Organization?

Recently we polled a number of organizations across the country and asked them “What is the biggest obstacle to positive change in your business or organization?”  We discovered the answer is poor leadership.  It’s the #1 obstacle to change in most organizations. What does that mean? I believe a visionary leader is the single most important issue in making organizational change happen. You can have a great team in place, the best funding, the right resources, and more, but without great leadership, change simply won’t happen.

The second reason according to our survey is “We’ve always done it this way” thinking.  It’s so easy to simply go with the flow, and keep doing what we’ve always done.  It takes courage, will, and real effort to make change happen, but without it, we’ll continue that eventual decline into oblivion.

Be the leader you need to be for your people. You don’t have to run a major organization.  You can be a leader in any sized business, nonprofit, church, or even the PTA.  You can lead your family.  Whatever level you’re at, step up to the plate and lead the charge toward change.  It will be tough.  It will be long.  And it will be challenging.  But biology tells that that every living thing is either changing or dying.

I’m voting for change.


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  1. Hi Phil,

    A really good book that chronicles the tension of a CEO/leader, is "Pour Your Heart Into It." It's the autobiography of Starbucks founder Howard Schultz. It's a really great gut-level account of what it takes to be a good leader, and how in order to better take control, you have to let go of control and trust others around you. His honesty is so insightful. A really good read!

  2. My pastor often says that “Insanity is doing the SAME thing but expecting DIFFERENT results.” As one who has been in various leadership positions over the years, it is tough to get others in the organization to do something different, but it is even harder sometimes to break through our own mindsets as leaders. But it is NOT impossible.

    Allen Paul Weaver III
    author, Transition: Breaking Through the Barriers

  3. Oh dear God, how true. I have spent the last 50 years in ministry consulting and this is the greatest problem especially in small to medium sized organizations. But no matter what I say or how much I teach it… the visionary leaders seem to think that their only job is a PR job of talking and talking and talking to people and doing or leading nothing…all the while thinking that somehow…someway…SOMETHING is going to be accomplished. Blows my mind!

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