We all know organizational transformation is difficult. However, if you do not act now, then your ability to change your organization cannot begin.

How to be a Business Trailblazer – Setting the Course for Organizational Transformation

How do you define “Trailblazer”?  A Pioneer?  An Innovator?  A Leader?  More importantly how can you transform your business into an organization that embraces entrepreneurial principles?  What steps do you need to take today to position yourself for the future? It is the end of the year, and these questions may bubble to the forefront of your thoughts.  However, if you do not act, now, then your ability to truly change your organization cannot begin.  Sounds simple, but we all know organizational transformation is difficult.  Setting your organization onto a new path may require outside help.

Executive Coaching & Training

Engaging an Executive Coach to help transform your employees may be the first positive step toward that change.  The Executive Coach can bring a 3rd party perspective to your business.  It is that new perspective that can help propel the organization into a new paradigm centered around entrepreneurial growth concepts.

When is the Right Time for Organizational Transformation?

Organizations often have these thoughts during the year, but then never act.  Why?  There is always some excuse.  January & February is goal setting.  The months of March, April, and May are tradeshow season.  June we are back in the office, but July and August are the vacation season.  In September we need to get on track for the Fall trade events.  For November and December, it is the big push to hit our numbers for the year.  Does this sound familiar?

The right answer to address organizational development is NOW!  If the success of your future business depends on an organizational transformation, then you cannot put this aside for the day-to-day operations of the business.  You need to make it a priority.

Revisit Your Vision & Mission

Now that you have set “Trailblazing” as a priority, it is time to revisit your Vision and Mission Statements.  Engage your Executive Coach to act as a professional facilitator as you and your team debate the new Vision and Mission for the company.  Don’t do this alone.  As the leader, you will need to set the tone and objectives of this meeting.  Utilize the facilitator to keep the meeting on-track and flowing towards your overall goal.  With this in place, you, as the leader, can more actively participate in shaping the new Vision and Mission.

Strategies and Action

Pause and take a deep breath.  Armed with your new Vision and Mission, you can now start identifying new Strategies and Actions that will transform the organization.  Remember, that your Strategies and Actions must support the NEW Vision and Mission.  That is an essential part of the change process.

People

After the Vision, Mission, Strategies, and Actions it is time to evaluate your teams.  What do they know, today?  What should they know in the future?  How much training do you need to provide?  This is where an engaged Executive Coach can help provide perspective.  Ask your coach If there are business tools and resources that would be essential to your new transformation.  Consider a series of training seminars over the course of the next 12 months.  Use this as an opportunity to reset the company culture.  Listen to the advice of your coach on how to engage with your employees as you simultaneously transform your company.

Summary

Trailblazing is loosely defined as pioneering or innovating.  Within the context of this discussion, it also means transforming your business from your current state into new organization better positioned to compete in the future.  This requires a total re-examination of your Vision, Mission, Strategies, and Actions.  At this point, an Executive Coaching engagement will pay dividends in both facilitation and future training.  Remember, the time to start this process is NOW!  Do not let the day-to-day operations become an excuse for a strategic reset.

If you want to know where to start, consider taking the Business Growth Score Assessment.  This 5-minute assessment provides a simple roadmap to clarity, growth, and effectiveness for your own business.


Garrett Grega is a FocalPoint Certified Executive Coach with FocalPoint Business Coaching in Branchburg, New Jersey, where he specializes in reconnecting executives, business owners, and managers with their business passions! Garrett has his own passion for transforming high potential employees into perennial all-stars.  He has 20+ years helping international companies launch new products and processes. He previously spent 8 years launching LED lighting products for various lighting companies.  His professional experience includes: strategic planning, business development, marketing, and product development.  He can be reached at ggrega@focalpointcoaching.com.  See more at www.garrettgrega.focalpointcoaching.com.

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