How's your 2021 going so far?
For me, it's an intense calendar-is-double-booked kind of start of the year, filled with speaking, facilitating, and consulting.
"How do we deal | combat | prevent | address | handle resistance to change?"
I got it two times today - once while teaching an introduction to reinvention and then again looking at advanced reinvention projects with the current and future Certified Reinvention Practitioners.
So, the first thing to do is to assess why people resist change in the first place - in your company or at your client organization.
Not long ago, we ran a short poll asking people what is the number 1 reason people resist change in their companies.
1. The risk of change is seen as greater than the risk of standing still
3. People fear they lack the competence to change - or to survive in new reality after the change is completed
Can you guess what was voted as #1? Tiredness.
People are overloaded, overwhelmed, and are suffering from serious bouts of change fatigue.
Heck, if I am honest, I too resist change most of the time not because I don't see the need - but because I simply have no energy for yet another push.
SO, to help you with the energy challenge, I have a few resources.
First, watch our crowd-favorite video on 3 pragmatic ways to bring the energy up in yourself, your team, or for your clients:
Second, experiment with some science-backed energy boosters for yourself, your team, or your clients.
BOOSTER #1: Laugh a little. Scientist found that after watching a comedy clip, employees were 10% more productive than their counterparts.
BOOSTER #2: As a company and as an individual, learn to say no. Great thinkers keep remind us that strategy is not so much about what we say "yes" to, but what we say "no" to. So, honor your "no." Celebrate every time you use it. Go through a calendar and remove some things. Map out all the energy-sucking tasks with your team, and trim the list.
BOOSTER #3: Do a quick energy audit - this article offers one (look for a box titled "Are You Headed for an Energy Crisis?"). Once you complete the audit, choose one area to improve to up your score.
Reinvention requires energy. More than financial or any other resources, it requires consistency and grit. In the world where ideas are a commodity and funding can be solved by crowd-funding and many other options, energy is the new currency.
Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva helps companies such as Coca-Cola, Kohler, and IBM turn change and disruption into an opportunity.
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