What can managers learn from Brexit?
Leadership is primarily about introducing change. Management is about implementing the change.
It is nigh on impossible to ignore the process of Brexit. It is a conversation point amongst friends, discussed on the radio and making headlines in the newspapers. Sadly there is one element which flows through all aspects of Brexit and that is weakness. How did the UK get to the point where it appears we are no longer in control and what can we as managers learn from this?
In 2016 there were very few of us who actually understood the implications of the referendum. We knew what we were voting for, but we did not know the consequences. Two years on and many of us are still in the dark.
How should we, as managers, go about introducing significant change within our workplace? Here are five lessons we can learn. Take heed, and your management will be so much more effective.
1. Consult and inform
Consulting and informing are very different, however both are equally important. When you consult, you put a value on the opinion given; you may consult with customers, governors or a friend by asking for their opinion. Informing is much more widespread; you may inform all your stakeholders of changes and whilst you telling rather than asking for feedback, it is so important that they know what is going on and understand the implications of your decisions.
2. Communication is key
Any new project brings with it challenges, but if you want the input of your team, you must share these challenges with them, in an honest and transparent way. Don’t hold back. Whatever it is you want your team to accomplish, share with them information as and when you get it; they will then feel partners in the venture.
3. Plan, plan and plan
Without planning everything will be unexpected. You may be able to live with this, but your team won’t. Carry out a SWOT analysis; what are the Strengths of your team or organisation and what are their Weaknesses? What are the Threats that you have to be prepared for and what Opportunities may arise? Answer these questions and you will be much better prepared for what lies ahead.
4. Better a weak decision than no decision
Indecisiveness is a classical leadership weakness. Followers do not like it and they are very quick to transfer loyalty.
5. Think strategically
Decisions do not stand in isolation of one another, so always gather as much information as possible. Take a helicopter view of what you want to achieve and the long-term ride will be much smoother.
Be prepared for take-off and when you do, keep focused on your destination.