Welcome to the “Change and Growth” Newsletter!
This is the very first edition of the new communication from the team at Randel Consulting Associates, and we will be using it to share resources about leading change and growth with you.
We’re excited to offer you this newsletter as a way to communicate insights from our work with leaders and teams from across the country. As we support them in leading change and growth, we continue to sharpen our understanding of what exactly it takes to succeed in the challenging environment we face today.
At the heart of our approach to working with change is the RCA Seasons of Growth™ framework. We’ve refined this approach over many years, and we are pleased to see the way that it resonates with leaders like you.
You can read more about our framework below, as well as tips about useful tools and other news from the RCA Team.
We’re glad that you’re here, and we’re confident that you’ll find practical tips and insights in this newsletter in the coming weeks.
Until next time,
Read more… The Seasons of Growth™ Framework
What does growth in an organization look like?
It isn’t unusual to imagine this as a never-ending upward trajectory, like a rocket fired into space. Even so, you quickly realize that this isn’t realistic or sustainable. Once the initial momentum fizzles out, things can quickly go off course. Or even come to a grinding halt.
Searching for a more realistic metaphor, I found inspiration in a rather surprising place.
Close your eyes for a moment and picture a flourishing garden. One that is bursting with life… vibrant flowers, lush green plants, and trees. Makes you feel good, doesn’t it?
This doesn’t happen overnight. It takes considerable planning and ongoing effort with a long-term goal in mind.
This is the lens through which we consider an organization’s growth and describe the three phases in the Seasons of Growth™ framework.
This step lays the foundation for growth. It is when, like a gardener, you assess the landscape of your organization and make a plan. You study the layout of your garden, the climate, soil, and water – what can stay and what needs to go? Cutting corners here can stunt future growth.
Here is when you put your plan into action, sowing and tending to the land. Planting seedlings and saplings, you keep a watchful eye on new initiatives. Would some plants do better in a different location? What is impacting their growth, is it pests? Insufficient water? This tends to be a busy phase for gardeners and leaders as you test and tweak your plan.
The final step is when you enjoy the fruits of your labor! Sitting in the shade of a tree and eating an apple from the garden you created as you contemplate what is next. As seasons change, you may need to take a step back and prepare for the next cycle of growth.
As you can see, organizational growth doesn’t happen in a straight line. Like a gardener, wise leaders put in the work here and now while keeping their eye on the prize… sowing the seeds of sustained and impactful growth.
Are you curious to learn more about the RCA Seasons of Growth™ framework?
We’ve written a short article to introduce you to this framework for leading change. You can learn more about the common challenges experienced in each of the three phases and what leaders can do to move successfully through them.
Download the article right here.
And contact us if you are interested in finding out about our Organizational Assessment Tool based on this framework.
We are delighted to announce that we have refreshed our website!
You can view our updated look right here and learn more about Randel Consulting Associates and how we work. You can also browse resources to support your work as leaders of change and growth.
We continue to add new resources to the website, so check back periodically. We’ll also announce them in future newsletters.
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