July 2014: 5 Virtues for Leaders Managing Change

In this Issue

Opening Remarks

Every organization faces the challenge of managing change at some time or other.  Are your organization’s leaders equipped to face that challenge effectively?  Maureen Gallagher, Senior Consultant, has some advice for leaders who are managing change.

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The Reid Group News

  • We are pleased to announce that we have been hired by the Archdiocese of New York for a second contract, to facilitate the implementation of the decisions on parish structures that Cardinal Dolan will announce in September.
  • Greg Casione has contracted with St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas to present a three-day workshop on Integrating Academics and Advancement for the faculty and staff.
  • Maureen Gallagher and John Reid are preparing to facilitate Community Days for the Sinsinawa Dominicans in Wisconsin July 30-August 3.
  • Lucien Roy has been hired to conduct a search for a Campus Minister for Alvernia University in Pennsylvania and an Executive Vice President for Mission Integration for Christus Health in Louisiana.
  • The Reid Group has completed its third contract with the Diocese of Peoria for the “Growing Together in Faith” program. After the second year of implementation, much new life is being reported in parishes throughout the diocese.

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The Reid Group teleseminar series

The Reid Group Teleseminar series is on summer hiatus.  But it’s not too early to mark your calendars for our next seminar:

Date: September 17, 2014

Time:  2 p.m. PT, 3 p.m. MT, 4 p.m. CT, 5 pm ET

Information on the topic, presenters and registration process will be coming out in late August.

In the meantime, we are surveying our subscribers to get an idea of what topics you would like to see covered in the seminar series.

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Feature Focus

5 Virtues for Leaders Managing Change

Maureen Gallagher, Senior Consultant

Maureen Gallagher, Senior Consultant

The only constant is change.

The only one who likes change is a wet baby.
Mark Twain

If change is always happening, and everybody hates it, what’s a leader to do in the midst of it?

I don’t know–duck?

Change comes at us from all sides these days:

  • your company is downsizing or expanding or moving to another state
  • your parish is growing rapidly or merging with another or closing altogether
  • your donor base is eroding
  • your clients’ demographics are changing

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.

Virtues are habitual ways of acting, behaviors that you can count on from people day in and day out. If you want to be an effective leader in changing times, it helps to practice these virtues:

The virtue of generosity
Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, prayed to be taught how to be generous. Resist the temptation to catalogue and focus on the losses, and concentrate on the plight of others and generously help them find resources to get through these tough situations. Generosity is a sign of greatness in difficult times.

The virtue of service
Leadership as service bonds those in charge with those whose lives have been turned upside-down. Identify with them, work to address their issues by marshalling the resources and processes to help those who are most affected negatively by change. When you practice the virtue of service, you help others discover their own internal resources. Life-giving service gives people the keys to discover and use the treasures they have within.

The virtue of humility
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 humble 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.

The virtue of collaboration
Being open to global perspectives is at the core of leadership in the 21st century. Not being afraid of diversity, acknowledging the gifts of others, having enough self-confidence to work with other strong leaders will keep your eye on the bigger picture: the new shape, focus and impact of your organization post-change.

The virtue of appreciation
Even in the midst of negative change, there are things to be grateful for. Your practice of the virtue of appreciation will keep these things 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.

Yep, change is bombarding us all the time and nope, not everyone’s going to love, love, love it. But if you model these five virtues of leaders in changing times, the course of true change will run a little smoother.


The Art of Change: Faith, Vision and Prophetic Planning

art of change cover

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.

Organizations 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 Amazon.com.

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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