Introducing new changes into an organization is a natural and necessary function of any leader. Yet, change management has the potential to become the most difficult task a leader will ever face. Even when a group buys into the desired goals, the familiar comforts of business as usual can be a powerful obstacle to progress.
Haven’t we seen this somewhere else? Organizations are not the only entities that attempt to change. Humans are constantly changing, or trying to, often with a mixed record of successes and failures to show for their efforts. So, when a company unveils a new path toward improvement, the concept is not far from what workers themselves have likely attempted in their own lives. How different is collective change from individual change?
“One of the things that makes change management for an organization different than for a person is that organizations have culture, and they also can get stuck in situations where person A can’t change unless person B changes, and person B can’t change unless person C changes, and person C can only change if person A changes,” said mathematician Spencer Greenberg. “Those dynamics can make change different than doing an analysis at the individual level, but some of the lessons might still apply.”Continue Reading