November 2015: Change Management for Leaders

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Opening Remarks

Managing change is a fact of life for leaders and organizations these days.  In this edition of Transforming Challenges, we offer some things to keep in mind as you prepare to navigate these changing times.

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The Reid Group News

  • The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry has chosen The Reid Group to conduct a search for an Executive Director to replace Dr. Bob McCarty who is retiring after 19 years on March 1, 2016. If you know of possible candidates, contact Tom Reid or John Reid.
  • Maureen Gallagher and John Reid have been invited into a second contract with the Sisters of St. Anne in Marlboro, MA which will focus on implementing the newly-developed strategic plan.
  • Tom Reid, Karen Castellon and John Reid will be in the Diocese of Trenton for the launch of the Faith in Our Future planning process. They will conduct regional training sessions for the parish core teams November 17 and 18. The planning process will lead to Final Recommendations to be submitted to the Bishop in October 2016.
  • We are pleased to welcome four new affiliates to The Reid Group: Peg Garvey-Mitchell, Rich Shively, Jim Doyle and Mark Koenig will be working with us in the coming year.

So as you look at your individual or organizational future, what are your challenges? Could you benefit from skilled support? Give us a call at 206-432-3565 or send us an e-mail to start transforming those challenges into opportunities.

The Reid Group teleseminar series

Want to raise more money for your organization at calendar year’s end? Then attend our Teleseminar call.

  • Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 4 PM ET
  • Host for the Call: Tom Reid
  • Session Focus: Action Steps to Raise More Money for Your Organization With Your End of Year Push

November 18, 2015
4pm ET / 3pm CT / 2pm MT / 1pm PT

During this teleseminar we will discuss specific fundraising steps to raise more funds in the remaining days of 2015. In addition, the session will also offer tips for practical ways to carry the momentum of the call into 2016.

To register for this teleseminar, simply click here.  Materials and resource information to be used on the call will be sent to all registrants.

Space is limited, so register today!
If there is a topic you would like to see us explore, send your suggestions to

Feature Focus

The Times They Are a-Changin’

The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new.

Change is one of life’s constants, and change management is one of the greatest challenges for leaders and organizations. All of our clients, whether they are engaged in strategic planning, executive search or leadership development processes, have to contend with the dynamics of managing change in some way.

Some changes are negative and some are positive but all change is disruptive. As a leader in a changing environment, you are both target and savior–you are blamed for the turmoil and charged with leading the people through the desert of disruption to the promised land.

So, what’s a conscientious leader to do? Every experience of change has unique aspects, but there are some principles that are helpful in all of them.

During times of great change there is always the temptation to “circle the wagons” and blot out the dissenting voices. But the true leader invites people with diverse views into the circle so everyone can see the current reality from different perspectives and work together to come to some common understandings. Leadership which is inclusive is strong because it is based on core values of respecting differences, learning from others and knowing that you are not necessarily the only smart person in the room.

Acknowledge–but don’t construct a shrine to–what is changing
Change represents more loss to some people than others. Leaders who ignore that degree of loss, or wonder “what’s the big deal?” may think they are helping people to look on the bright side, but in fact they are dismissing the concerns of people who are afraid. At the same time, you’ll want to resist the temptation to focus on the passing of the “good old days.” It’s important to honor the past for its value and recognize its challenges that have given rise to the need for change.

transition-graphicDon’t rush the “wilderness zone”
In our work with clients, we often use our Transitions graphic, which incorporates the work of William Bridges and the late J. Gordon Myers. The middle of the transition process, which we label the “wilderness zone,” is the period of time when people are grieving the loss of the past and building a vision of the future. Effective leaders give time and resources to travel the wilderness zone at a reasonable pace. If this is not attended to, people will spend more energy trying to return to the past.

Acknowledge the good things, too
Even in the midst of painful change, there are things to be grateful for. When you demonstrate your appreciation for those good things, you keep them in the forefront of the change process and help your people remember that a glass that is half empty is at the same time half full.

Changes which are handled well, transitions in which leaders engage all those involved, and allow time for new beginnings to emerge from within, can produce amazing and transformative results.


The Art of Change: Faith, Vision and Prophetic Planning

Think about what your organization could do if the process of planning met the inevitability of change head-on—and it resulted in significant success.

bookcoverweb2Organizations large and small, religious and secular, for-profit and not-for-profit, successful and unsuccessful, go through change. John Reid and Maureen Gallagher of the Reid Group have been instrumental in helping many groups discover the power of Prophetic Planning. This book presents a complete overview with detailed information that any organization will find useful in understanding how to plan for change.

The Art of Change: Faith, Vision and Prophetic Planning, and its companion CD are now available from Liguori Publications as well as from

And that’s it for this month. Look for Transforming Challenges next month–and until then, have a good day and a great week.Kathy Johnson, Editor, Transforming Challenges
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