Anonymous: “The only person who likes change is a wet baby.”
Herb Kelleher of Southwest Airlines said: “If you don’t change you die.” and “If things change faster outside your company than they change inside your company then you have something to worry about.”
From a Linked in Group: “What is the one phrase that you can think of that can kill an organization (think kill change) or at least stunt its growth?”
“That’s not my job.”
“We’ve always done it this way.”
“We tried that before and it doesn’t work.”
“The inability of the leadership team members, individually and as a group, to say, “I was wrong. I am sorry.””
“”Thank You” is not said enough.”
“We’re working on it.”
“That’s just the way we do it.”
“The biggest killer for me, it is when people say nothing at all.”
“The one that gets me is I have ‘x’ many years’ experience so what you are suggesting will not work, I know better.”
“Joe, don’t bring me problems. Bring me solutions.”
It is no surprise to any of us that change is super bloomin’ hard. But if change will have real impact and importance in bettering our lives then how can we give it a living chance?
Chunk it down.
I read this compelling article where a stand-up comedian had the fortunate opportunity to ask Jerry Seinfeld how he got so good – what this comic wanted to know was how could HE get that good? Jerry (I can use his first name since I feel I know him so well after having memorized almost all of his shows) said that he bought a gigantic year-at-a-glance calendar and hung it on the wall in his home. And then he made it a point to write EVERY SINGLE DAY for a year and place a red X over the calendar day once he had made a concerted effort to write…that day and every day. He started a chain of red ‘X’s” that he didn’t want to see broken and so he got better and better incrementally, year after year, until he became the famed comedian many of us appreciate today. I thought, ‘shazam – great idea!’ Why did I have to be in my 50′s before I heard this very simple motivational technique? Now I have a calendar hanging with 3 different colored ‘X’s” going for 3 different areas I want to get really good at over time; work, being healthy, and speaking Italian. Chunking it down one X at a time for improvement…incrementally.