Article Bookmarked
Bookmark Removed

Rebuild, reskill and renew


May. 20, 2021 Training Zone

With many businesses still recovering from the economic damage caused by the Covid-19 crisis, employers have to find innovative ways to maximise the potential of their staff. In many industries the priorities of entire workforces have totally shifted in the last 12 months, resulting in employees having to adopt new and refined roles.

It is critical that your managers become ‘adaptive change champions’. 

Here, we’ll discuss how businesses can present their employees with a vision for success, encouraging them to embrace and react positively to change.

The success formula

In order for employers to motivate their staff to adopt new roles they must first overcome two psychological factors that cause people to resist reskilling and taking on new roles:

  1. Humans are creatures of habit, so we all feel uneasy whenever asked to act outside our normal comfort zones
  2. We don’t like change because it creates uncertainty, and uncertainty is a demotivator

These two factors combine to act as a ‘psychological brake’ on people’s willingness to take on new roles, so managers need a way of taking off the brakes. Managers should learn, teach and talk about ‘the five-part success formula’, and its evil twin, ‘the failure formula’. As the names suggest, the success formula leads people to succeed, and the failure formula causes people to fail, and each person gets to choose which formula to live by.

The success formula can be summarised in five words: purpose, plan, action, setback, change:

  1. Purposes are the goals we want to achieve
  2. Plans are how we intend to achieve our goals
  3. Actions are the daily implementation of our plans
  4. Setbacks are the inevitable things that go wrong and that mess-up our original plans
  5. Changes are the adaptations, adjustments, modifications and updates that we must make to our original plans and actions in order to achieve our purpose and to prosper

We must understand that setbacks and change are inherent in the system and cannot be ignored.

The failure formula is the exact opposite of the success formula:

  1. No purpose = drifter mentality
  2. No plans = dithering and the repetition of obsolete methods
  3. No action = inaction, apathy, delay
  4. Ignore setbacks = evasion, willful blindness, head in the sand
  5. No change = stubbornness, refusal to adapt, modify, evolve, respond or retrain
Read More on Training Zone

Gene Upshaw Player Assistance Trust Fund

Apply Today

All Resources

Tell Me More

4 Principles to Develop Next-Level Leadership at Your Company

Take ownership and think innovatively.

Read More

How to Get Your Big Ideas Noticed By the Right People

Do your homework to find out who holds the power.

Read More

How to Be a Better Mentor

Be sure your mentee “owns” the relationship—and don’t shy away from tough conversations.

Read More

Your Life’s Roadmap—Just Begin Anywhere

Don't overwhelm yourself by creating too big a vision

Read More

Why Keeping Your Money in the Stock Market Is Especially Important Right Now

How and why you should be approaching the stock market.

Read More

The Secret to Being More Charming (Without Being Obnoxious)

Displaying authentic charm is easier than you think.

Read More

How to Get an Emergency Loan if You Have Bad Credit

Options are available but you need to be cautious.

Read More

3 Simple Strategies to Boost Your Brain Health Today

Science-backed tactics to quickly improve cognitive and mental health.

Read More