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answers at the beginning, so you need to
make sure you communicate thoroughly.
This at least allows everybody to make
some level of progress. It's important
not to have half of the team three miles
ahead of the others, so you make sure
you're evenly paced.
You have to meet teams where they
are. Sometimes that means that the IT
side will have to slow down. Sometimes
it means we need to accelerate. It's
important that you understand their
relative readiness levels. These you
need to monitor on an ongoing basis,
because they can continue to change
as the business needs new functionality
and seeks help.
Often the IT teams
will be frustrated and
say, " well, we've told
you already, " or " we
were ready when we
came three months
ago, or maybe even
a year ago. " But
that wasn't when
the business was
ready. Or the IT teams get frustrated if
the business comes to us with a super
urgent ask and they say, " well, if you had
told us six months ago, we could have
done all of these things for us. "
I also try to get everyone to focus
on the matter at hand. As IT people,
we are technologists, and we solve
problems, or we figure out a way to
deploy technology or how to leverage
it most effectively for the organization.
As long as you have something that
you can keep the teams engaged in, it
makes managing through change a lot
easier than just trying to talk about it
theoretically.
Diversity as a secret
strength
Of course, not all of this communication
about change is just sharing news -
some of it will require decision-making.
With that, I have found, diversity can be
very helpful.
My approach is to
try to find common
ground, to align on
a common goal and
objective
Sometimes if you have too many of
the same kind of views, your approach
becomes very narrowly focused and you
can miss valuable
ideas, whereas if
you have more folks
around the globe,
you can be much
more successful,
especially when it
comes to global
projects, global
implementations, or
leading global teams.
In my view, there are enormous benefits
and more energy unleashed when
individuals and teams rely on their
strengths rather than work to improve
areas in which they are weak. This
can foster better collaboration and
communication with others who have
the complementary strengths that are
needed. Valuing and building on each
other's strengths binds us together.
I've also worked on several projects
where having a woman, or multiple
women, on the team has provided
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