How to Lead a Successful Business Transformation While Avoiding Seven Common Mistakes?"
1. Fostering Personal Commitment:

Successful transformations require personal commitment from the top. As the leader, you must lead by example, dedicating your energy and resources to the cause. Transformation isn't a task that can be delegated or outsourced. By putting your commitment on full display, you'll attract talent, secure resources, and build momentum.

2. Embracing Strategic Decision-Making:

Transformation demands making hard choices. Rather than spreading resources thin, focus on a few key objectives and dedicate your efforts to them. This necessitates a clear direction, aligned with your resources and people. Don't aim to please everyone – gather input, seek consensus, but ultimately make the tough calls.

3. Remaining Open-Minded:

Don't fall into the trap of thinking you know it all. The pace of change today is relentless, with industries being reshaped by disruptive forces like AI. Embrace curiosity and diversity within your team. Encourage constructive debate, acknowledging that innovative ideas can come from anyone. Be ready to change your mind and give credit where it's due.

4. Delivering Thoughtful Messages:

Directness is essential, but you can convey your message with kindness. When you're new to an organization or consider yourself the smartest in the room, be cautious not to alienate others with blunt communication. Acknowledge existing achievements as a foundation for future progress, then address the changes necessary without causing annoyance.

5. Crafting a Compelling Case for Change:

Effective communication is simple, memorable, and compelling. You should be able to distill your transformation into a concise message that resonates with your team. Ditch the extensive PowerPoint presentations and opt for authentic conversations to explain the 'why' behind your project.

6. Taking a Holistic Approach:

Understanding which levers to pull is essential for successful transformation. Focus on strategic aspects, like products and services, but also consider operational elements such as business processes, technology, organization structure, and culture. Avoid the temptation to overemphasize some levers at the expense of others. Effective leaders know how to implement change holistically.

7. Addressing Resistance Effectively:

In every organization, there will be individuals resistant to change. They may be traditionalists or those reluctant to relinquish power. However, failing to address these individuals can hinder your transformation's success. Don't aim to win them over at all costs. After consultation and setting clear expectations, if they continue to resist, consider removing or replacing them for the greater good of the organization.

Conclusion: By steering clear of these seven common leadership pitfalls, you can enhance the chances of your transformation project succeeding. Adam Bennett's decades of experience in the field provide valuable insights into achieving a smoother, more effective transformation process. Good luck with your transformation journey, and aim to be among the 30 percent of projects that reach their objectives.

About the Author:

Adam Bennett, the author of "Great Change – the WAY to get big strategy done," serves as the Principal of Great Change Consulting. With a wealth of experience as a former CEO, CIO at a 'big four' bank, and management consultant, he offers independent and practical guidance to businesses seeking transformation.