A lot of people think being a CEO is easy. After all, you are the boss! You have so many people working for you. What could possibly stress you out? But the truth is being a leader is the toughest job of all. And if your company is going through a transition, your responsibilities increase all the more!
When a company is going through any kind of transition, the employees are filled with uncertainties. They have a sense of foreboding as they don’t know what’s coming next. In such times, it’s the responsibility of the CEO to ensure everything goes smoothly. He has to put everyone’s concerns to rest. Yes, it’s easier said than done. But this is how your leadership qualities come to the forefront.
Before we begin, let’s make one thing clear. Every company is different, and a lot depends on the change your company is going through too. While it’s good to look for inspirations and ideas, don’t forget to take your company and team into account before deciding your approach. And now, let’s discuss some meeting ideas CEOs can use as the company goes through transitions.
Keep Your Team Involved During the Meeting
This goes without saying. Since the transition is bound to affect them, their feedback deserves to be taken into account too. Let’s give you 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 their concerns, and what can you do to put them to rest?
Prepare for what’s about to come beforehand. You should already know your response to the potential concerns your employees will have about this transition. This will give them the idea that you have actually cared about them enough to look at things from their perspective. And of course, this will definitely make your meeting a success!
You have to keep your employees engaged. Make them feel that they are a part of this transition and you are all in this together. Keep them involved, and you won’t have to worry about your team abandoning you midway.
Give Them Space to Come to Terms
During the meeting, your employees shouldn’t feel you are overburdening them with expectations. Instead, give them some time and space to adjust to this change. Keep things lighthearted.
For instance, when people got back to work post the pandemic, people still needed time to come to terms with everything they went through during the lockdown. And when their company showed them empathy, they felt a sense of belonging. Use the same approach to lead your company through a transition too.
CEOs had quite a challenge during the pandemic too. But they rose to the occasion. Leading a company through a transition is quite a task too. It’s time to let your leadership skills shine.
Share Your Own Struggles with Them
Don’t make your employees feel like you belong to a different team. Meetings are supposed to bring you all on the same page. So share with your employees how the transition is affecting you too. Give them insight into your struggles and make them feel a part of it.
Most CEOs feel they should maintain a strict and strong demeanor during meetings. They shouldn’t show any signs of weakness or struggles to their employees. However, when your company is going through a transition, you should tweak your approach a bit.
Let your employees know that things haven’t been easy for you, either. At the same time, prove to them that you are more than capable of sailing through this transition smoothly.
Be the 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, change or challenge, the whole team has to come together. It won’t do your organization any good if you lose your best talent during the transition. It’s your job to put everyone at ease.
So you can use meetings to maintain a sense of lightheartedness. Talk to them, listen to their stories and try to keep the tone of the meeting joyous. You can also prepare some activities to be conducted during the meeting. Look for new ways to reestablish that bond with your employees. This will ensure that you don’t have to worry about employee retention.
Be Honest with Them
Yes, this is of utmost importance. Don’t try to downplay the change. Everyone knows that things are not going to be the same. And you saying otherwise will only make them question what else you are hiding.
Your employees should be able to trust whatever you say in the meetings. If there are some things about the transition you aren’t yet clear about, tell that honestly. Transparency will make it easier for your team to trust you.
It’s Time for CEOs to Set an Example
Transitions are challenging for everyone, including the CEOs. During this time, it’s 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 time to everyone to master new skills.
And of course, as a CEO, make sure that you are available to your employees beyond meetings too. In fact, you should use meetings as an opportunity to encourage open communication. As your company goes through a change, you have to remain positive and make sure that your employees know that they are being led by someone capable!