Has your league ever tried to implement change? You know, adjust our season, revamp your new skater program, restructure your league leadership, move from home teams to an A/B/C model? Because the modern incarnation of roller derby is still a young sport, all of our organizations are relatively young. That means it's likely our league have all experienced lots of changes. There are many different models for change management and a variety of tools that can help facilitate the change, but no matter which models or tools you use, following these eight guidelines will help ensure the changes you initiate are successful and sustained.
This list is taken from Leading Change by John P. Kotter. Our comments about application to roller derby leagues are in bullets.
Establish a sense of urgency. Fight complacency about current performance by examining current performance and measuring it against competitors or other benchmarks.
Create a guiding coalition. Build a team of energetic, capable leaders who have expertise and credibility to lead the change.
Developing a vision and strategy. Create an engaging description of the future and the path that will be taken to get there.
Communicating the change vision. Communicate regularly, using multiple media, in jargon-free language what the change will mean and why organizational members should be enthusiastic.
Empowering broad-based action. Remove organizational, systemic, skills, and policy barrier to making the change successful.
Generating short-term wins. Implement a number of immediate and visible changes to prove the success of the change effort and provide motivation.
Consolidating gains and producing more change. Overcome the tendency to become complacent and continue to promote even greater changes.
Anchoring new approaches in the culture. Ensure that new employees and new leaders represent the desired culture.
If your league has planned changes coming up and you would like to create a concrete plan utilizing these strategies and ensure the changes are successful and sustainable, drop us a line email@example.com. We'd love to help.