This morning, while preparing for the work day, I had a random thought and quickly posted it to Twitter:
Judging by the number of retweets, I’d say this tweet had legs! Or should I say “wings?” To go beyond the 140 characters with that quote, here are the thoughts that led to that particular tweet:
- If there’s no resistance, it doesn’t mean the proposed change is a bad idea. Maybe what you propose is something employees have been secretly waiting for. (Thank goodness, the company is finally making that change!) Just don’t fool yourself into thinking that you’ve upped the bar all that much further. You haven’t.
- You need to expect a certain amount of push-back. It’s a normal part of the change cycle. However, if the resistance is swift, powerful and nearly universal, it’s time to re-think the change you’re proposing. It’s either off-target or too severe for what the organizational system (be it human or process) can handle at this time.
- Wild ideas just to “get the juices flowing” aren’t always a great use of time. In the book Linchpin, Seth Godin talks about how “artists” (people highly skilled at what they do) “don’t think outside the box, because outside the box there’s a vacuum.” He says that in order to “ship” (get the work out the door) “artists think along the edge of the box, because that’s where the work gets done.”( p.102.) I agree. The most effective leaders are those that stretch people’s boundaries, not snap them clear in half, like a severed rubber band.
So, that’s what was on my mind when I posted the game-changer tweet. What do you take away from that quote?