6. Create short-term wins. It is important for employees to experience some short-term wins that will build momentum. People need to see compelling evidence of benefits within six to 18 months. Without short-term victories and celebrations, critics can impede progress.
7. Build on the change. Don't stop after the first win. After each win, analyze what went right and wrong, and set new goals and targets. Keep focusing on continuous improvement.
8.Anchor the changes in the corporate culture. For the change to stick, it must be made part of the core of the firm. Leaders must show employees how the new behaviors or actions have helped improve performance. The leadership ranks must be advocates of the change for it to stay.
Recently, we marked the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy, where much has been written about his leadership impact on the United States and world. As he said: "Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future."
That's something today's leaders and organizations would do well to remember.
Russell is the vice dean and the director of the Executive Coaching and Leadership Development Program at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. She is a licensed industrial and organizational psychologist and has more than 25 years of experience coaching executives and consulting on leadership and career management.