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Conquering the Change Conundrum
Use these five C’s to ease staff into a new way of doing things.
Kathy Beydler, RN, MBA, CNOR, CASC
Publish Date: July 11, 2022   |  Tags:   Staffing Leadership Workplace Culture
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LEADING THE LEADERS The author (center) says involving staff in identifying issues that need to be solved and having them take ownership in making necessary improvements leads to greater buy-in at the frontlines of care.   |   Kathy Beydler

You likely have a natural skill for spotting areas of needed improvement and identifying the changes your facility needs to make. Of course, identifying those areas is the easy part. Making change happen seamlessly is what separates the great leaders from the so-so ones.

While the inclination of leaders, especially those who are new to the position, is to move quickly when implementing policies or practices, that is often the wrong approach. Not everyone welcomes change — particularly OR staff who have become quite comfortable with “the way things have always been done.” Pushing through your ideas without allowing for healthy discussion can alienate your staff — and other leaders. When it comes to implementing a new way of doing things, use the five C’s of change to do it effectively:

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