Reasons Why so Many Changes Fail #2

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Reasons why so many changes fail #2

In my own work with clients, many (maybe most) know what it takes to lead change well. And yet, something gets in the way.

It’s like there is a secret society of people who lead change, and all members must agree to abide by The Big Book of Rules for Leading Change.  Here are a couple.

Never, but never, allow emotions into meetings. It is a sign of weakness. If people react emotionally to a change, something must be wrong with them. As the comedian Emo Philips said, “real men don’t have souls.”

Whatever idea you come up with is good (because you are the leader after all and you grew up in a generation where your parents told you could do no wrong).  Therefore others better get with the program and find out where you hid that cheese today.

The Mad Hatter got it right when he said, “I’m late, I’m late for a very important date. No time to say hello, good-by, I’m late, I’m late.” Translation: no time to get people involved.

And this list could go on. Of course, most leaders would scoff at that list, but when you watch them (and us) in action, those rules sure look like they are alive and well, don’t they?