You should consider reading John Kotter’s book titled, Leading Change
. An abbreviated version of his ideas can be found in his Harvard Business Review
article, “Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail.” As a follow up to this reading, you should make a list of the key elements required for successful change efforts, and rate your own progress against this list. As appropriate, you should develop specific “counter measures” where your efforts have fallen short, and review your plans with both your team and your boss.
Go out of your way to try new approaches to old problems or everyday tasks and assignments. You should look for areas in your work and personal life where you tend to stick to the tried-and-true. Once you have identified a few of these areas, you should plan some approaches to them that are very different from your old ways. You should not be bothered if some of these ways are not as efficient as your other approaches. The purpose here is to take a different tack and stretch yourself.
Another method for improving in this area is to read business magazines, periodicals, and websites that are outside of your professional area of interest, while keeping an eye open for how it might impact your business or what you do. Many great ideas come from people bringing new concepts from other fields and industries. A magazine/website with wide-ranging stories like Fast Company would be a good place to start.