(This is the last part of the 3-part “Manager’s Series” by our friend, time coach, and productivity expert Elizabeth Grace Saunders.)
When you’ve tried so hard to address team members’ emotional hurdles to accepting change and walked them through how to apply the change to their work situation, your blood can start boiling when you still don’t see the desired results. You feel ignored. “How could they be disrespectful?” you see the. “Do they even notice? Do they even care?”
Before you stomp over to people to tell them exactly how you feel about their impertinence, step back and take a deep breath … and one more.
As a time coach and trainer and the author of The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment, my specialty is in working with people who really struggle with getting in control of their time and their routines. I can assure you that unless they’re natural rebels, people generally want to do what you’ve asked but they just haven’t mastered it yet.
While some people need only one telling to master a task or respond to a request, others need multiple. This can make you crazy if you let it, as you’ll need to keep at it for awhile. You can’t control others’ speed of integration of change, but you can control your emotional response to feeling ignored and your method of communication.
My book leads you through different types of accountability and discusses how to reduce time-caused drama—including tips for recovery. To help you with your resilience and patience in the midst of implementing team-wide change (or lack thereof) — using the example of getting reluctant team-members to use a new work tool like I Done This — here are five steps you can apply: