And then one day, I was scrolling through Facebook (because Gen Xers still find it entertaining) and a random photograph jumped into my feed. I was horrified to see a picture of a cockroach and a shrimp side by side. The shocking similarity made me want to throw up immediately. In an instant my body was repulsed, my brain made connections it had never made before and my heart made a decision. I will never eat shrimp again. It's been about six months now since that disgusting creature has crossed my lips.
So here is an easy to follow four-point template for organizations struggling through a major change initiative.
- Decide that you are serious about this transformation and Declare the new future state
- Allocate the resources (time and money) to do it and hold people Accountable for the process and the results
- Review and Revamp existing policies, procedures, systems, and people who are operating contrary to the future state you want
- Execute the changes required and Evaluate the results on an ongoing basis
You don't need to hear this example repeated but it's so perfect, I can't resist. The 90 days between Nov. 9, 2016 and Feb. 9, 2017 will have changed our nation more drastically than anyone could have ever imagined. You can apply my cockroach analogy any way you like, but you get the message. We have seen the biggest waves of resistance by ordinary people and corporate decision makers who have declared who their organization will be regardless of the political climate. In some cases, their silence is a statement as well. Change occurs moment to moment.
The good news is that we can use the same premise and the same strategies to be a force for good in our personal lives, our organizations and our nation. So go ahead, I dare you.