Sometimes we talk about organizations as if they are living, breathing entities, capable of resisting change. Of course, we know this is not the case. It’s not the organization that ignores new trends and disapproves of needed change—it’s the people that do!.
As humans, we are hardwired to maintain the status quo, protecting ourselves by staying in our comfort zones. We are programmed to move away from pain. Change inevitably causes pain: fear of failure, facing the unknown, and feeling incompetent. If you want to accelerate acceptance to organizational change, it is important to anticipate and avoid the common obstacles that get in the way.
After a hectic few weeks back at work, the New Year’s celebrations may seem like a distant memory. For many people, their resolutions have already been shelved for future consideration. Does this sound familiar to you? If so, you are not alone. Research shows that the vast majority of resolutions are broken by the end of January.
For most of us, making changes in our lives is difficult no matter what time of year we set about the task. Many people who attend our team buildings and leadership development programs throughout the year feel motivated to change aspects of their behavior in pursuit of being more effective professionally and personally.