How to make change inevitable

January 28, 2019 · by Alvarez Porter Group · Filed Under Choices · Leave a Comment

We hear often that organizational change is a drag and takes a long time.  We may even have experienced change that drawn out and painful, resulting in only modest moves.

But then there are other times when change is energizing and fast.  Why is that?

For example, late night host Conan O’Brien just overhauled his show.  He wanted to change his relationship to the audience.  He wanted to upend the traditional way of being a host.  So what did he do?

He got rid of his desk.

It’s called a “catalytic mechanism.”  You change one thing, and that causes a chain reaction of change. 

He says he got rid of the desk because he wants to scare himself.  The desk was his armor.  Without it, he feels exposed – and more creative.  Change: fast and energized.

So, if you are looking to change your organization, look around.  What are the artifacts of your culture that help to hold it in place?  What might you need to let go of or stop doing in order to make change inevitable?

Letting go can be scary, but it is ultimately a source of inspiration and reimagining.


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