Change is Not Hard
I have officially grown tired of the excuse that change is hard. Change is not hard. And it's not change that people resist in organizations. As long as we think that, we'll never get better. Here's what people resist:
- Stupid ideas
- Being told what to do
- Things that produce results that run counter to their interests
- People who don't care about them.
- Things that remind them of their powerlessness
- Unnecessary extra work
True, when people develop deep habits, changing them can be a challenge. But that is a small piece of what we face when we're changing things in organizations. Most of what we face is in those bullets above, so let's figure out how to deal with that rather than lamenting about how hard change is. Solving problems is hard. Figuring out how to have an awesome workplace is hard. Life is hard. But not change.