The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines change as follows: to make different in some particular way; to undergo a modification; or to undergo transformation, transition, or substitution.
Initiating a new order of things is merely the first step. Change is not a discrete event, which once initiated, can be finished. It is a continuous process always evolving and moving toward something different. Cultural change is, perhaps, the most important responsibility of management.
Business, education, nonprofit organizations and even governmental organizations have recognized that success and competitiveness constantly require new approaches. As each new focus energizes an enterprise, it helps improve the bottom line and the productivity of that organization. Each new focus also requires that roles, responsibilities, and working relationships be adjusted and renegotiated.
Team leaders are responsible to help their organizations adapt to changes and recognize the stage in which certain behaviors occur. Individuals who are motivated to change and understand their environments are able to set aside their past experience if a new model can be more effective. Team leaders must adapt to changes, but not in an authoritarian fashion. Team members must be given the proper conditions and environment that allow risk taking and sharing of experiences.
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