We all know that change is hard, but we don’t know enough about why it is so hard and what we can do about it
From the book “Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization (Leadership for the Common Good)” by Robert Kegan, Lisa Laskow Lahey
In my last post, I posed a question that has been bothering me in the last years: why do we fail? We often know what to do, instead we fail to do it. Take as an example implementing a change in an organization. We all know how communication is a key success factor, and yet we often do not communicate enough or we do not craft the messages in the right way (or so many other communication mistakes we make…). SAP implementation is another great example. Even when you stumble into what is considered a good success case, you will find it has had many problems. Most cases, however, are not successful stories. They are horror stories! And people have done it many times, over and over. Or a more common example of our lives: despite knowing what it takes to lose weight, we all agree how difficult it is to actually lose weight, right?
Let´s take this back to the business world. If you are a leader or aspires to be one, I bet you probably read books on leadership. Most business people do. It´s a way of knowing the big discussions out there, provoke thoughts and help you identify ways of becoming a better leader. Not to mention that you want to have what to discuss with your peers in the meetings and seminars where you meet (that is, if not for the best reasons, at least you read these books because you want to look smart, which is fine).
The truth is that these books offer very good insights about what leadership is and how we can all become great leaders. We read them, so we should know about what it takes and what to do, right? Yet, we do not find these great leaders in abundance out there. Answer with honesty: are companies full of great leaders or “not so great” leaders (to avoid saying “bad leaders”)?
Therefore, the question persists: What prevents us from making it happen?
I will devote my next posts to explore this question. It is not a simple one and I do not intend to fully solve it. It just happens that I find this discussion more helpful than just bringing new insights about theories and things we all seem to know. I hope you find this debate interesting too and decide to stick with me in this journey, for weekly discussions. See you in my next post.