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The Change Leadership Team

Assemble a Change Leadership Team to champion your initiative everywhere it’s important for your presence to be felt. The members of the Change Leadership Team are drawn from
your Most Valuable Players – the people who will bring your new idea to life. They are the leaders of your most important constituencies. This
group is tasked with building a shared vision and coordinating the activities
of your change program.  Building a shared view is the key to creating coherence
throughout the system. 

It is the Change Leadership Team’s mandate to steer the
change as it unfolds. They take the initiative through to successful conclusion,
across the territory of the organization and under varying conditions. This
team is responsible for navigating the road, so to speak. They will deal with
unanticipated detours, potholes, and shortcuts. They will make the day-to-day
decisions responsible for arriving at your destination safe and sound.

Through collaboration they will bust silos, uniting people
from disparate functions and departments to create unique synergies.  Because they represent all parts of your program, they have a unique capacity to connect to other stakeholders
including customers, members, and partners. 

Purposes of the Change Leadership Team

Improve the quality of leadership

Spread the burden of execution

Coordinate effectively, especially when issues
involve multiple constituencies

Create a forum for working through complex


Lifecycle of a Change Leadership Team

Identify leadership candidates from your
critical constituencies – i.e., those whose engagement and buy-in is required
for success.

Invite the candidates to participate in the
Change Leadership Team.

Convene the team and put in place processes to

Develop professional skills based on the needs
of the change program

Provide professional recognition for the members

Articulate ground rules and guidelines for team

Deal with disagreements within the team

Remove people from the team should the need

Report in concisely to keep members abreast of
developments throughout the organization and across their constituencies

Meet regularly to:

Provide support to team members

Share best practices

Review progress, individual check-ins and
overall activity

Identify challenges

Create solutions

Bring people in and remove them based on the program’s needs

Dissolve the team when the change program has
reached maturity.

The quality of leadership is improved by bringing together
leaders from the most important constituencies.


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– Seth Kahan, VisionaryLeadership.com

Seth Kahan is a Change Leadership specialist. He has consulted with CEOs and executives in over 50 world-class organizations that include Shell, World Bank, Peace Corps, Marriott, Prudential, American Society of Association Executives, International Bridge Tunnel and Turnpike Association, Project Management Institute, and NASA. He is the founder of Seth Kahan’s CEO Leaders Forum, a community of CEOs working together to innovate through the current economy. His next book, Getting Change Right: Guaranteeing Buy-In from Your Most Valuable Players, will be published in spring 2010 by Jossey-Bass.Visit his other blog, GettingChangeRight.com for more info on the book.  And check out Freelance Fortune: tips on the art of success for free agents.

About the author

I help leaders with change, innovation, and growth. My latest book is "Getting Innovation Right." My first book, "Getting Change Right," was a business bestseller.



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