Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Challenge of leading change

The single biggest barrier to change comes from the fact that people don't like it; we always resist it. There's something comforting about the familiar and daunting about the new and, very often, the strongest resistance comes from those currently in positions of power and influence - because they fear that they have most to lose.

My experience is that the kind of change you want to happen doesn't just happen. Normally the first requirement for any change initiative is to build an understanding of the need for change.
  • Perhaps the group has to become unhappy with the way things are right now
  • They probably need a sense of urgency, even of impending doom or difficulty if change doesn't happen
  • At heart, the equation has to change so that the cost of making the change doesn't seem as expensive as the cost of things staying the same
Of course, that's just the first step. But without that there's little chance of success.
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