Maybe he should have called it” What Did They Sign Up For”? or “Eager to Do What They Did Yesterday.” or maybe even “Disruption.” Check out a Seth Godin’s “In Search of Familiarity” blog: http://suemoore.net/What_Did_They_Sign_Up_For
Ah, familiarity, the simple way to not expand yourself or handle any sort of change. “Let’s not rock the boat.”, many will say. Let’s just proceed in lock-step to put in our time and so we can come hours to grab a few hours of TV relief.
There no question that change creates stress in many because it’s uncomfortable, requires ‘true’ effort and exposes weaknesses in skills and/or capability. This is probably why many companies struggle with change in their organizations, people are unfamiliar with it.
Fostering change is a necessary task and requires mindset efforts. Besides his suggestion that you do the paradoxical: discover that the unfamiliar is the comfortable familiar, you need constant reinforcing of this concept. Change should be a core value, a mantra, of the company. You express it in your hiring process, you reinforce it through continuous training, and you develop metrics to reward it.
I find this blog so interesting because every day I experience this inertia to change. I see industries experience dramatic downsizing in employment because of AI/Robotic Technology disruption. Yet, many will wait till the doors close before developing an alternative, a Plan B.
Let’s start a conversation concerning your change, your Plan B. I’ve been there so I know the pain.