There’s a mountain of information, education, and advice on how to approach change. So much that it’s hard to separate the useful from the useless. It’s become a firehose of noise.
Everyone talks about change. Changing habits. Changing mindsets. Changing culture. Change in the economy. Change in your workplace. Change in society.
All this talk about change. All this demand for change. All this trying to change. All this complaining about change. All this resisting change.
With all this attention and emphasis on change, do you see people as better at it now? Are you? I’m genuinely curious about your observations and experience.
In my observation and experience, there are a few uncommon ways to make big impactful changes that are still misunderstood and underutilized by people and teams:
Make your commitment to the main purpose or objective absolute and your process, checkpoints, and timelines flexible.
Set higher standards and expectations rather than lower ones.
Don’t use nostalgia for who, what, or how it used to be as the reason not to become something better.
If you want or need to change, don’t hesitate or tiptoe into it, dive in and immerse yourself now.
Making big changes is counterintuitive in a lot of ways. It feels like they require more planning, more time to think and prepare. Yet the more time you spend thinking about big changes, the more the size of the change intimidates you and allows your mind to convince you not to do it. And with any big change, even the best laid plans are going to be a mess once you get started.
One thing is for sure — if you approach change how most people do, you will end up where most people are.
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Brian Kight is a multi-industry leader on the topics of leadership, culture, and behavior. He provides simple systems that produce exceptional results for organizations, teams, and people.