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Edmonton, Alberta – Just because someone is the CEO of a company doesn’t necessarily mean they are the leader their employees follow. The truth is most business owners and company executives aren’t connected to their workforce. When these businesses are forced to adapt to changes in the market, the may be surprised to discover a workforce resistant to change.
Cheryl Watts is an international expert on organizational change and the founder of Timely Trends, a business consulting firm specializing in delivering comprehensive leadership strategy development solutions for improved organizational performance. Timely Trends teaches business owners the techniques to inspire their organization to welcome change.
“Organizational change can be very difficult,” says Cheryl. “Many business owners don’t understand how things are connected from a systems point of view, so you have to spend time learn the culture and unspoken rules among your workforce. It’s important to connect with employees, learn what’s going on and engage.”
Let’s say you have a small bakery in a small town but you want to sell to the international market. How do you get everyone in your organization to buy in? Cheryl’s forthcoming book, Timely Trends: Book for Creative Leadership, provides readers with the steps required to make such lofty goals achievable.
“I always have to write for a person. So I chose my mother,” says Cheryl. “My mother has limited work experience and only an 11th grade education. In the corporate world, my mother would be someone they wouldn’t even consider, but to me she’s the greatest leader I know. I wanted to highlight the people who are real leaders and the qualities they offer.”
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