What holds organizations from better embracing change

What holds organizations from better embracing change

What holds organizations from better embracing change

What holds organizations from better embracing change

#1 – Mindset – The first thing is mindset. A lot of people are becoming risk averse because so much is on the line. They are skeptical because the unknown is obviously more frightening than the known.

#2 – Assumptions – The second thing that holds many organizations back is assumptions. Assumptions around how things should work: “We have always done it that way”, “That’s not the way we do things around here”, “We’ve already tried things that way”, “We are different” etc.

Change cannot be put on employees

These phrases and others like it typically refers to the complex, subtle practices that become ingrained in an organization’s culture, to the point where they become part of its identity. Habitual thoughts and behaviors are not bad in themselves; indeed, they are often the basis for what a company does well.

But when circumstances shift or the company becomes dysfunctional, those habits may need substantive change.

The reasons that organizations and individuals resist change

In this video Lisa Bodell discusses the reasons that companies and individuals resist change. To overcome this tendency, she says, companies and individuals must change their mindset and reconsider their assumptions:

 

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Torben Rick

Experienced senior executive, both at a strategic and operational level, with strong track record in developing, driving and managing business improvement, development and change management. International experience from management positions in Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.

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Culture is self-reinforcing. Small, incremental shifts can be made in both behavior and mindset without too significant a challenge. However, when major behavioral shifts are required, it is likely that mindset shifts are necessary as well. This becomes particularly challenging because the very leaders who are invested in building and sustaining the status quo are now the very ones responsible for dis-assembling it.

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