In business and life, it is a given that change is relentless – that adapting to change is not only the key to success but essential for survival. Yet, implementing change, even minor change, is seldom met with open arms. The constant companion of change is resistance. Let’s face it – it can be difficult to let go of what has become comfortable, familiar, and predictable and step out into the unknown. We humans are simply creatures of habit. We love our routines. When we encounter change, we get uncomfortable and begin working as quickly as possible to adapt to change so that it becomes routine and comfortable again.
In business, change is about two factors: achieving next level growth or changing in order to survive. Survival change is scary because emotions are high, confidence is low, and the sense of urgency is often excruciating. Change to get to the next level is more organized and calculated, driven by a sense of urgency that is more motivating and inspiring than it is scary. The key to both types of change is to create a culture that embraces change with as little resistance and push-back as possible. [Read more...]