Communication through readiness

Communication through readiness

“Readiness doesn’t start or stop at acknowledgment or having the will of what could be.”

Ready. Set. Go!

Unfortunately, it’s not that easy.  Readiness doesn’t start and stop at acknowledgment or having the will of what could be.

Our social construct is constantly changing . Technology has enabled accelerated social evolution where people are engaging beyond what they were born into or would have access to.  We are exposed daily to how people from all over the world experience their lives which fosters insistent curiosity about who we are and the world we want to live in.

Mental Agility

Mental agility is the capacity to respond to events in a flexible way. It gives you the ability to move quickly between different ideas.  There was a time that rigidity was respected and valued, but times have changed.

When confronted with a new situation or challenge, it is important to see these situations as opportunities to exercise our minds on how to adjust and develop strategies in efficient ways. For example, we can do this by identifying and knowing our areas of influence. This gives us the strength to advocate for policies and standard changes for the necessary decisions being made.

Knowledge is Power

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As we improve our mental agility, we must be in constant pursuit of knowledge and information that support our growth into readiness and understanding.  With expanded knowledge, we will feel more confident to answer questions like:

  • Are we ready to question old best practices and beliefs?
  • Whose decision is that?
  • What tools/resources are available to us?
  • Are we willing to see a situation based on the experience of another person or perspective?
  • What does that look like?

As a society, we are obsessed with the idea of integration and don’t seem to have a handle on the practice.  The symptom of this ideology with poor execution is coming at the expense of our most valuable asset, which is people.

Support and Accountability

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We shouldn’t feel like this work needs to be done alone.

It’s true- our individual beliefs and engrained habits are our own to untangle and figure out, but we aren’t alone in this undertaking. Having a network of individuals that share common interests, needs, and challenges is something that may seem unnecessary or insignificant, but a peer-to-peer network can make all the difference.

Providing a space to have open and honest communication creates an environment for meaningful collaboration and more inclusive outcomes.

Individual readiness for organizational change

Why is individual readiness so important?

It is crucial in facilitating and sustaining any type of organizational or communal change initiative. To create organizational change means interrupting the normal patterns of the organization.  It would make sense then that we would need to understand our own motivations and values before being able to influence more broadly.

Additionally, when looking to create impact at this level, resistance or hesitation can commonly become a challenge.  That most often happens when those involved feel like the change is being done to them or imposed on them.  Results from Holt et al. (2007) Readiness for organizational change study suggests that readiness for change is a multidimensional construct influenced by beliefs that (a) they are capable of implementing a proposed change (i.e., change-specific efficacy), (b) the proposed change is appropriate for the organization (i.e., appropriateness), (c) the leaders are committed to the proposed change (i.e., management support), and (d) the proposed change is beneficial to organizational members (i.e., personal valence).

Imagine the difference it would make if those in leadership roles took the initiative on evaluating their individual and organizational practices to communicate clearly and boldly how these fundamentals are being supported and implemented.  That in addition to making participation accessible and engaging and inviting folks to the table.

Readiness is proactive and reactive.

It is being fully prepared and having the willingness and commitment to do something.

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