Many times, in order to survive we have to start a change process. Change, for most people, is an unnerving experience. But as the old saying goes, change is inevitable. It’s one of the only constants in life.
I have said before, it is easy to change things. It is not so easy to change people. And therein lies the rub. As author Bruce Barton observed, “When you are through changing, you are through.”
Most organizations won’t survive if they don’t learn how to change as they grow and adapt to market conditions. But employees sometimes resist anything new – not because they’re stubborn or old-fashioned, but for these basic reasons:
Be prepared for some resistance and be willing to periodically assess changes to see if they are really producing the expected results. Then, and only then, if the outcome isn’t satisfactory, reassess and figure out how to change things for the better.
In his best-selling book “Who Moved My Cheese,” Spencer Johnson, used this parable to dramatize human resistance to change. The story contains four imaginary characters named Sniff, Scurry, Hem, and Haw.
“Sniff and Scurry” are two mice. Hem and Haw are “littlepeople,” small as mice but containing all the qualities of human beings. All four characters are intended to represent the
simple and the complex parts of ourselves, regardless of our age, gender, race or nationality.
According to the book’s introduction, sometimes we may act like:
“Whatever parts of us we choose to use,” Johnson writes, “we all share something in common: a need to find our way in the maze and succeed in changing times.”
Mackay’s Moral: The only people who like change are wet babies.
Seven-time, New York Times best-selling author of "Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive," with two books among the top 15 inspirational business books of all time, according to the New York Times. He is one of America’s most popular and entertaining business speakers, and currently serves as Chairman at the MackayMitchell Envelope Company, one of the nation’s major envelope manufacturers, producing 25 million envelopes a day.
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