What our execs are reading: Stacie Dashiell, AVP of Global Services

Welcome back to the What our execs are reading series, where the leaders of our business share what has inspired them in the past, or what is currently guiding them.

This time, we hear from Stacie Dashiell, AVP of Global Services at Hyland.


Embracing change

As I am sure is the case with others, I sometimes find myself with multiple unfinished books on my nightstand or in my office.

I am partially through Managing at the Speed of Change, by Daryl R. Conner. I started reading it in the interest of helping my teams through fast-paced changes that – while we all acknowledge are necessary and desirable – can also sometimes be challenging. The author addresses the human side of the fast-paced changes that we all face.

One of the key takeaways from the book is the author’s statement that “the single most important factor to managing change successfully is the degree to which people demonstrate resilience: the capacity to absorb high levels of change while displaying minimal dysfunctional behavior.”

Conner then discusses techniques for managing any dysfunctional behaviors that do appear.

Life throws challenges but with patience and resilience, you can convert every challenge into a new opportunity to grow.

– Amit Ray

Organizational resiliency is the key

Lately, I have also been reading more specifically about leading through these unprecedented times that we are facing, and all the associated challenges for people related to even more change. I have found some Harvard Business Review articles on the subject to be helpful.

One, entitled Build Your Team’s Resilience – From Home struck me because of that word “resilience” again, which was a prominent focus of the book I had been reading.

One thing I walked away with was that in these changing and sometimes challenging times, resilient teams will learn to improvise in how they work together, approach problems, and look for solutions.

In a book called Crucibles of Leadership Robert J. Thomas described a resilient approach he called “reframing the tension.” With this approach, employees focus on the learning opportunities that lie within adversity, rather than despite the adversity.

We need to be realistic about the challenges that we are facing, but instead of looking at them as obstacles, we need to look at new ways to approach things. We need organizational resilience.

It is more important than ever that we work together – yes, even while working remotely – to rise to the occasion. If we do, there is a good chance we will emerge from these challenging times much stronger as individuals and as teams.

See you next time!

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In the meantime, let us know what you’re reading!

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