What keeps people from changing?

Continuing with our theme of exploring change…

I believe the number 1 reason that keeps people from changing is the excessive focus on what they’re going to lose. In other words, FOMO or the fear of missing out. (I know, I know, FOMO is going out of fashion but I’m sure you can resonate with it. Right?)

While this is typical in both a personal and workplace context, I believe managing change at the personal level is much more manageable compared to the latter. Why? Group dynamics.

Can you really blame folks in your office, in the face of change, to have baseless thoughts such as the following?

Am I going to get fired?
Is the company in trouble?
What if I’m not able to perform in this new role?
Will I be replaced by someone else? (Who’s cheaper, faster and smarter?)

Of course, not! It’s human nature.

In fact, if you’re a leader or are managing a team you should expect this just as you would expect them to breathe. You responsibility is to acknowledge and reason with them on how not changing could be a lot more worse than embracing change.

How? Well, read the paragraph above five times. That’s all there is to it. It’s simple but never easy. As with most things in life, when it comes to leading people there are no absolutes, just principles. And they work if you apply them.

Remember that all change comes with a price and leader pay for it either letting his ship sink or sail towards its ultimate destination.

By Sunil Nair

Nurturing leaders of tomorrow.

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