A good friend is getting ready to break the news about some big changes in his organization. He’s a good guy and his heart is definitely in the right place, but I fear that he’s going to be disappointed at the number of people in his organization who will drag their feet, push back and flat-out refuse to change.
The vast majority of people don’t like to change unless the change is what they want when they want it and they get some sort of reward for doing it.
I once asked some executives who had led change efforts what the most difficult part of the change initiative was for them.
Every one of them said the same thing: You have to talk about the change until you are absolutely sick of talking about it and hearing about it.
And then, one of them added, “Because about the time you are sick of talking about it your people are just getting it.”
If you want to lead change or change yourself you have to keep the change out in front to see, feel, smell, hear and touch. Without the reminders we, and the people we want to help change, slide back into the comfort zone.