Many people think that being a CEO is easy. After all, you are the boss! You have so many people working for you. What can stress you? But the truth is, being a leader is the hardest job of all. And if your company is in transition, your responsibilities increase even more!
When a company goes through any kind of transition, employees are full of insecurities. They have a premonition because they don’t know what’s going to happen next. In times like these, it’s up to the CEO to make sure everything runs smoothly. He should dispel all fears. Yes, this is easier said than done. But this is how your leadership qualities come to the fore.
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Before we start, let’s clear one thing up. Every company is unique and a lot depends on the changes your company is going through. While it’s good to look for inspiration and ideas, remember to take your company and team into account before deciding on your approach. Now let’s discuss some meeting ideas that executives can use when a company is in transition.
Involve your team during the meeting
This goes without saying. Since the transition is sure to affect them, their feedback is also worth considering. Let’s take an example. You have decided to change the existing Wi-Fi policies in your company. How do you think your employees will react to this change? What would be bothering them, and what can you do to calm them down?
Get ready for what’s to come. You should already know how you will respond to your employees’ possible concerns about this transition. This will let them know that you actually care about them enough to see things from their point of view. And, of course, it will definitely make your meeting a success!
You must keep your employees involved. Make them feel like they are part of this transition and you are all in this together. Keep them involved and you won’t have to worry about your team leaving you halfway through.
Give them a chance to come to an agreement
During the meeting, your employees should not feel that you are overloading them with expectations. Instead, give them time and space to adjust to these changes. Keep things carefree.
For example, when people returned to work after the pandemic, they still needed time to come to terms with everything they went through during the lockdown. And when their company showed them sympathy, they felt a sense of belonging. Use the same approach to guide your company through the transition.
Executives have also had to face major challenges during the pandemic. But they have risen to the occasion. Leading a company through transformation is no easy task. It’s time to show your leadership qualities.
Share your problems with them
Don’t make your employees feel like you belong to a different team. The meetings should lead you all to the same page. So share with your employees how the transition affects you as well. Let them understand your struggle and let them feel like they are a part of it.
Most CEOs believe they should be firm and forceful in meetings. They should not show any sign of weakness or struggle to their employees. However, when your company is in transition, you should change your approach a bit.
Let your employees know that things aren’t going well for you either. At the same time, prove to them that you are more than capable of moving smoothly through this transition.
Be a source of comfort and joy for your team
Sounds incredulous, doesn’t it? After all, you are the CEO, not their friend. But when a company faces a threat, a change, or a challenge, the entire team must come together. It won’t do your organization any good if you lose your best talent during the transition. Your task is to calm everyone down.
Thus, you can use meetings to maintain a sense of carelessness. Talk to them, listen to their stories, and try to keep the tone of the meeting cheerful. You can also prepare some of the activities that will take place during the meeting. Look for new ways to reconnect with your employees. This ensures that you don’t have to worry about employee retention.
Be honest with them
Yes, this is extremely important. Don’t try to downplay the importance of change. Everyone knows that things won’t be the same as before. And if you say otherwise, they will only make them wonder what else you are hiding.
Your employees must be able to trust what you say in meetings. If there are things about the transition that are not yet clear to you, be honest about it. Transparency will help your team trust you.
It’s time for CEOs to lead by example
Transitions are difficult for everyone, including executives. At this time, it is vital for the company to learn and grow together. Use meetings to make learning easier for your team. And don’t forget that everyone has a different pace. Give everyone time to learn new skills.
And, of course, as a CEO, make sure you’re available to your employees after meetings as well. In fact, you should use meetings as an opportunity to encourage open communication. As your company goes through changes, you need to stay positive and make sure your employees know they are being led by someone capable!