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I was reminded again yesterday how hard it can be at times to stand alone as the lone voice for change in a sea of people who would rather preserve the status quo. As I shared lunch with one of my former colleagues who is a brilliant young HR star, it hurt me to hear her talk about the dysfunction she can see within her organization and how she feels like she’s the only one who either cares or has the courage to talk about it. She’s becoming more jaded and cynical by the day. And, she’s beginning to question herself. After all, when you are the only one who seems to see the dysfunction, maybe you are the problem, not the things you see, right?
Hi Jason, maybe it's the approach you are using. My boss used to say "even if you are right, don't put a rat in a corner". People in general are afraid, especially now, no one wants to lose there job, but if you can introduce in a way that isn't intimidating and let them know what benefits them by the change, that could be a better way to show your wonderful ideas.
I think that it's a great observation, Janet. But, I would say that approach isn't generally the problem. It's the motivation to keep going when the winds of resistance blow strongly in your face. People don't like change, regardless of approach, so being in the change business is hard work–regardless of how you do it.
That being said, you are absolutely right there are certainly better ways of influencing and driving change than others. But, all of them are tiring over the long haul and it's important to have those people in your life who inspire you to keep going.