When COVID-19 hit, businesses were forced to rapidly change their operations. For some, this meant laying off staff and scaling back their services. For others, it meant adapting to a remote or hybrid working arrangement.
For many businesses, the changes were unexpected and unwelcome. But in the face of such a major pandemic, adaptation was essential for survival.
Now, as we come out of the other side of the pandemic, it’s time to start thinking about transformation. Just as businesses were forced to adapt to survive the pandemic, they now need to adapt to thrive in the post-COVID world.
In this episode of the LIFT podcast, Richard talks to Ian Ziskin about transformational change in both our business and personal lives.
Ian is President, EXec EXcel Group LLC and has 40 years of experience as a business leader, board advisor and member, coach, consultant, entrepreneur, teacher, speaker, and author. He is Co-Founder and Partner of Business inSITE Group (BiG), Co-Founder of the Consortium for Change (C4C), and Co-Founder of the CHREATE Project. His global leadership experience includes Chief Human Resources Officer and/or other senior leadership roles with three Fortune 100 companies – Northrop Grumman, Qwest Communications, and TRW.
Ian is the lead author of The Secret Sauce for Leading Transformational Change which was released on June 1, and he has written three other books as well as articles, blogs, and book chapters on the future of work, HR, leadership, coaching, and HR’s role with the board of directors.
Ian and Richard discuss:
- What are the challenges people have to overcome when they realise change is required?
- Is there a difference between change and transformation?
- What can a leader do to lift people who are reluctant to change?
- What is the secret sauce for leading transformational change?