One of our favorite quotes that we keep within easy viewing distance is: “Sometimes what may seem like the end, may be a new beginning” (original author unknown). It’s especially relevant for any company that is on the journey of transformation and growth.
Even when everyone is excited about their current success and growth ahead, and know they need to change, people can still feel reluctant about letting go of comfortable routines and habits.
Visionary leaders who understand that growth includes helping people acknowledge both “the end” and “a new beginning” are the ones who are most successful at igniting and sustaining momentum for game-changing results.
As we’re firmly into the second quarter of 2018, now is the perfect time to take stock of both endings and beginnings. Here are a few questions to ask yourself and others:
- What has changed in business-relevant areas such as technology, markets, customers, competitors, employees, legislation, vendors, and other stakeholders since the beginning of the year?
- Given the changes, what do we need to stop doing and what do we need to start doing to get more of the results we want?
- How can we address these issues differently or better to accelerate to the next level of our growth and success?
When leaders help people honor and learn from what must end, it will make it easier to get the most out of the new beginnings that signal growth ahead.