You just get frustrated and it just irritates the pig.
My Friend BC offered up that tidbit at a Toastmaster meeting a couple of weeks ago in talking about how many people react to change. Why is it that we react so to change? Is it because we do not have an environment that supports change?
Recently I have been reading Stomp the Elephant at the Office by Steven Vannoy and Craig Ross; a great book on office and corporate dynamics; and how we can create environments where change and productivity are encouraged. They offered three conditions that foster this kind of environment:
1. Help the team feel good
2. Invite the team to participate in change
3. Tap into their motivation
Contrast that with the conversation I was having with an acquaintance a few months back; talking about how organizations can build trust when it is not present currently. (He had been complaining about how a colleague did not trust others on the team).
I asked him, “So how do we foster trust on the team”? His answer surprised me; “How about we do like Moses and lead them around the desert for 40 years until all the non-believers die off.” That’s one way to get there I suppose. I suspect that many good producers will run out of the desert looking for greener pastures leaving my colleague alone and floundering. At the end of the day, he will be left with an organization rife with distrust and challenges.
How are you building an environment for change?