Let’s face it, if you are part of a project you are part of change. Change is inevitable, but why is it so hard for people to cope with things changing? Fear. Fear of what? Of the unknown. Uncertainty brings fear, but you can help your project team cope with change and become fearless by doing a few simple things.
- Make your team aware of why the change is so important. Don’t just pull your team together, tell them they are part of the project without giving them information that builds desire to be part of something greater. Sometimes we can forget that we were part of prior meetings where we learned about the bigger picture and understood the need for the project. Don’t assume your project team knows that information. Properly inform them of these details or they won’t build that desire for change.
- Be your team’s cheerleader. Your team looks to you for guidance not only on project schedule, but also on milestone successes. Your team will be more motivated when they get praise for helping the change be a success. Motivation equals engaged team members. Engaged team members desire to be part of the change, not to be sitting on the sidelines.
- Make sure your team has all the tools they need to succeed. If your team members feel overwhelmed with the project and do not feel they have enough support it can make the change taking place more overwhelming. Anxiety and stress from the project may get misinterpreted as resistance for the change taking place. Making sure the project has adequate resources and tools will alleviant that stress and give your team members the ability to succeed.