It’s said that change is the only constant. In the early education industry, you must change or become irrelevant. How and when you deal with change determines your level of success in the early education industry. If you’re comfortable or satisfied, you can coast, but if you want to be really good at anything, you have to push when others choose to relax.
It’s easy to accept thoughts like “That’s the way it’s always been done” or “if it’s not broke don’t fix it”. It doesn’t matter how it was done or if it’s not broken when you’re trying to make it the best instead of the norm.
Today we’ll talk about how to deal with change to avoid the challenges that may occur if you keep the status quo. In order to effectively implement any changes that you are implementing, you need to hold everyone accountable (including yourself).
Here are three steps you can take to help ensure that your staff will accept and embrace changes.
1) Keep you communication channels open and be sure that everyone understands what is being done and why it is being done. Hold regular meetings to make sure you have everyone is on board. Get key people involved in the process.
2) Have a plan for implementing the change and be able to talk about it in detail. Staff members, like most people, are more willing to follow a smart, strong leader when she’s wrong before they will follow a weak leader when she’s right. So if you’re smart, strong and right, you should be in good shape.
3) Be flexible. It’s rare for anything to go exactly as planned. It’s normal for policy to be adjusted over time.
Things are constantly changing in the early education industry. Our industry continues to grow stronger and more productive. What was once glorified baby- sitting is now a vital resource for jump starting the minds or our youngest people…a tool for putting tomorrow’s adults on the right path.
I hope this information is helpful to you. Make sure you check out other blog posts on managing a childcare company or school.
Best to you….Brad Barnett, President BFS®
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