The Changeling: A New CIO Organization
It is ironic that as a discipline, IT arguably ?inflicts? more change on an organization and on a society than almost any other discipline. So, here I am, leading an IT organization through a change and thus, need to give a lot of thought to my difficult task of leading myself, them and us successfully through a successful organizational change. The change affects individuals; it is personal; it is scary; it feels like death.
The fear of change is clearly expressed in both folklore and fiction. In folklore, changelings were children who were substituted for parents? real children. In superstition, a changeling was suspected when any unexplained or bizarre change occurred in a child or infant.
Those of you who have read earlier posts know that I am a proud introvert. When I was a little girl, the worse thing that my mother could tell me was, ?Go outside and play!? A fate worse than death. But, every now and then, in our close-knit neighborhood in
A leader?s challenge is making an organizational change strategy personal. What?s in it for me? Do I have someone new to play with? What do I get? Oh, and what have you done for me (or to me) lately? John C. Maxwell, in his book ?Thinking for a Change? says, people change when they:
* Hurt enough that they are willing to change.
* Learn enough that they want to change.
* Receive enough that they are able to change.
I like this definition of ?changeling? that comes from dictionary.com:
I need a plan, not by accident, but by intention. I need a masterpiece that changes the color of the organization. A portrait that paints a picture of change that transforms me, my stakeholders, and the my organization. Time to get out my palette, colors, and canvas and get busy.