Archive for January, 2010
Keep the change. No, it’s not just what people say when they get your morning coffee
from the local barista. It’s something that’s said every day within organizations. It is the
all-too-common employee revolt against changing the status quo.
If you are a leader, then you need to understand change from the eyes of an employee.
To not try to understand change through others’ perspectives is like trying to give
directions to someone to a restaurant that you’ve never actually been to.
Atticus Finch, a character in the book To Kill a Mockingbird, said “If you can learn a
simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really
understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb
inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
As a leader, when was the last time you took the time to look at an organizational change
you were promoting through the eyes of someone other than yourself?