It’s that time of year when you start making business plans for the New Year. That can mean a big shake-up is on the horizon or perhaps you want to move in a different direction based on what has or hasn’t worked over this past year. Whatever your reason, remember, “change” is not for everyone and different people need different tactics to get them on board and motivated.
Your business will be made up of varying personality types and that’s great, it’s what makes things work so why not tailor your efforts to motivate and get on-board, based on these types of personalities…
The Challenge Lovers: These people are driven by tough tasks and obstacles they can overcome so play to their strengths. Set out your ideas highlighting the challenges that may lie ahead, give them a mountain to climb and watch them rise to the occasion!
The Data Junkies: The employees that live for hard facts and figures, and they believe what they see written down. They won’t care for dreamy fairy tales of why it could be wonderful, they want black and white research of why it will succeed. Do your homework for these guys!
The Cynics: You will need help with these ones. Cynics, Sceptics, doubters however you wish to refer to them, simply won’t take your word for anything the first time round they need to be won over. First you need win over their leaders, peers, mentors anyone that they trust and then let them help you with the rest. Voila!
The Worrywarts: Now some people are just natural worriers and will always think about the negative changes that may materialise as a result. Instead of highlighting what changes you are going to implement try emphasizing the things that will stay happily just the way they are. Whether that is their job title, salary, hierarchy or something else, that is what they will cling to and get them on board.
The Beneficiaries: These are the ones that simply want to know one thing… What’s in it for me! Although these might not be the best at seeing the benefits to the business necessarily they are easy to understand. Simply tell them the perks and rewards of your plan and how they will benefit by jumping on-board! Done.
I hope by following these simple guides you can get your New Year plans off to a flying start and any changes you have are welcomed by everyone in your team!
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