4 Tips for Lasting Change

When dealing with staff on your team, the first step is identifying the behavior that needs to change. This can be done through their acknowledgement of it or through honest feedback from a supervisor or co-worker.

Having the staff member take responsibility for behaviors or actions is a key point in the change process. If I don’t know or think that I have a problem, am I going to be very motivated to change?

Give them reminders to stay motivated. It might be interesting articles that highlight the behavior you want. Praise them when they are exhibiting this behavior. Ask them what would help them work on the new habit.

Finally, define and draw out what success looks like. How will they know when they get there?

Long-term change is difficult. If it wasn’t, everyone would be doing it.

Change starts with you (me). If we ever want others to make needed changes in their lives, we have to be willing to make necessary changes in ours lives.

My change from a smart phone that I was addicted to to a “smart enough phone” was prompted by the comment of a co-worker. I missed the opportunity to connect with someone because my emails and Facebook were more important. Never again!

What do you need to change in your life? Start today.

Dave Bell has directed day and resident camp programs for more than 15 years. Currently, he is the Executive Director of Camping Services for the YMCA of Greater Seattle. He is a former American Camp Association Southeast Section board member, a certified Y-USA Day Camp Director Trainer and a Y-USA partner YMCA camp consultant. Reach him via e-mail at dbell@seattleymca.org.

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