How I went from an internal change leader to a transformational change guide for leaders

beginning blog coach english launch Sep 19, 2023

In my life and career, change has been a constant companion. From switching schools to transitioning through different careers and countries, I’ve embraced change and its myriad of possibilities. It’s this perspective that fueled my success as an internal change leader for the past 25 years as a business and human resources leader, organization development consultant, and Chief Learning Officer.


However, like you, I have noticed that leading change truly is getting harder. From the paradigm shift that has taken place as businesses recovered from the pandemic to the emergence of AI, there’s way too many leaders out there that are wrestling with the implications of this Never Normal Environment, dealing with constant disruption, multiple crises, and the imperative to transform their businesses. I realized that I can’t help in just one company. It’s for this reason, drawing from my experiences leading transformational change, I decided to make the biggest change of my career and start my own business.


So, raise a glass with me as I’m excited to announce my new venture: Dali Hammouch International! My business offers personalized coaching, consulting, talks and workshops, empowering leaders with the strategies, skills, and confidence to lead transformational change.


As I transitioned to this new chapter, I’ve learned invaluable lessons about change that apply not only to my journey but also to others who are looking to ignite transformational change in their careers, their teams, and their organizations.


1. Recognizing the Right Time: Unconsciously, I felt the need for something new, a sense of boredom and lack of passion in my job. It's essential to listen to our instincts at key moments in life.

What about you? Are you experiencing a similar sense of stagnation or restlessness in your current role? Is your organization indicating that it might be time for a transformative change?

My tips: Trust your instincts and pay attention to signals that indicate the right time for change. Engage in self-reflection to identify any feelings of disengagement or lack of passion in your work.


2. Timing vs. Readiness: Becoming a business owner has been a long-term aspiration. I had to develop my expertise patiently, waiting for the right external context to align with my internal readiness.

What about you? Do you feel adequately prepared and equipped to lead a transformational change within your organization? Is your organization ready?

My tips: Continuously develop your skills and expertise in your area of expertise, keep improving your team and business capabilities. Stay updated on industry trends and gather data to assess the external environment for favorable conditions.


3. Creating Options: The future is uncertain, so having multiple paths and scenarios available offers security and allows for creative risk taking.

What about you? Have you considered various options and alternate paths to achieve your organization’s transformation goals?

My tips: Foster a culture of innovation and encourage team members to explore multiple possibilities and solutions. Brainstorm alternative scenarios and consider potential roadblocks to develop contingency plans.


4. Embracing a Beginner’s Mindset: Leaving a successful career to start a new business was challenging but staying in the past would have confined me forever. Embracing humility and learning allowed me to grow.

What about you? How do you view the prospect of starting anew and taking on a different role or challenge? Are you willing to let go of past accomplishments to embark on a journey of growth and transformation?

My tips: Emphasize the value of continuous learning, both professional and personal growth within your organization's culture. Encourage leaders to approach change with humility and openness to new experiences.


5. Building a Supportive Network: Change is not a solo act. To shift from an employee to an entrepreneur, I worked with an amazing coach and mentor who guided me in finding my voice and a way to showcase my talents to the world. I also surrounded myself with people who supported me every step of the way.

What about you? Do you have a reliable support system in place to guide you through the complexities of leading transformational change? How can you build a network of mentors and supporters to enhance your success as a change leader?

My tips: Seek out mentors, coaches, and advisors who can provide valuable insights and authentic support during your change journey. Cultivate a network of like-minded individuals who can share experiences and offer encouragement.


The Bottom-line: Change is inevitable, but misery is optional. The difference is how you handle it. You can lead change with intention or go about it haphazardly, fingers crossed it will be successful. You can go at it alone with a lot of false starts, rework and resistance or you can work with someone like me who can accelerate your personal and organizational transformation.


Now, as I launch my business, I invite you to join me on this transformational journey. Discover more about what I offer on my website and help me reach potential clients by sharing my link. Together, we can lead and embrace successful and sustainable transformational change.


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