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By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Get ready to polarize: Management Tips

Here’s a dirty secret nobody talks about: Being a change agent is ridiculously risky. When you advocate for change, you polarize. Some people will love you and some won’t.

Many authors seem to sensationalize and glorify change agents. The business press can’t wait to find the latest story of some maverick manager who transformed his business. What they don’t tell you is that more times than not, the change agent gets shot down. People don’t get onboard and they don’t put change agents on a pedestal. They ignore them. They talk bad about them. They avoid them.

Let’s be clear; I love being a change agent. If you want to change your team, your company, and your career, you have to learn to be a change agent—but you will face a new reality: Even if you follow every trick you read in the blogs and books, you will polarize. But it’s worth it because, in the end, it’s not about who was popular. It’s about who accomplished something worth accomplishing.

The first tip this week addresses becoming a change agent. Once you get comfortable being a change advocate, the second tip will help you learn to see the opportunities for innovation and change that may already exist all around you.

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