These are two different kinds of change but excellent advice and can be used together at different points of the process.
- Be realistic about the change you to make make it small and do able. “Don’t look at the whole mountain, focus on the first six steps”.
- Commit a small time focus to reflect – as often more effective to large financial boosts.
- Listen to the neigh sayers and the feedback and the criticisms but keep to your compass – your values.
- Acknowledge what is not working – and let it go.
- Don’t makes the ‘solution’ and then look for the problem (google glasses).
- You must share … talk, learn and interact.
- Should I do this thing?
- Does it scratch my itch?
- Would I still do it if it took twice as long? (You can only have two of the three – Cheap, Fast, Good).
- Would I still do it if it cost twice as much?
- Would I still do it if I used my own money?
- Do I have a realistic plan and timeline?
- Am I ok with failure?
How to get past the “it’s not going to happen wall”.
Not real reasons:
- “It’s always been like this”: It means the problem is older than you think it is.
- “It’s the same everywhere”: the problem is broader and wider than you think.
- “It’s not in the budget”: it means we’ve spent the money in the wrong places.
- “It’s not in the charter”: the people who were supposed to provide the vision weren’t thinking as big as you.
- “It’s political”: “I’ve learned to keep my ideas to myself.”
- “It’s just traditional”: “Actually, I don’t know why we’re doing this, but it’s always been that way.”
Five most classic reasons people resist change:
“I’m scared of the transition, not the idea.”
Helping people moving through the transition – three normal phases ‘the Negative – Interesting – Positive’
“I’m scared of the transition. I’m not scared about the idea.”
Everyone is scared of the unknown – keep people informed “yes it’s going to be bumpy and scary but we will get there”.
“I don’t know how big a deal this change really is.”
Transition is moving through Four Doors:
The first door are the things that we used to be able to do and can still do. I’ll get people to write a list.
Door number two are the things that we couldn’t do before and we still can’t do.
Door number three are the things that we could do before and we can’t do now.
You can for door number four. That’s a door that’s only recently opened. These are the things that we couldn’t do before but we can do now. It means I can make my job suit my lifestyle.
“I don’t see how I fit into any of this:
You give them authorship. You empower them to design the change for themselves. Suddenly they’re not responding to change, they’re taking control of change.
The tool: What did you keep? What did you chuck? What did you change? What did you add?
“Yeah, but people hate change.”
The truth is they want real change. They’re sick of believing something that isn’t real. They want something genuine. Questions to ask …
Is the change real or fake?
Is the change cultural or structural?
Is the change offered of foisted?
You can keep things the same or you can make a difference. But you can not do both. That is the choice you have to make. I’ve made mine, you choose yours.