Changing Change

“Well, in our country,” said Alice, still panting a little, “you’d generally get to somewhere else — if you run very fast for a long time, as we’ve been doing.”

“A slow sort of country!” said the Queen. “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”

Is that how you feel? Running to stand still? It certainly doesn’t much feel like we’re in a slow sort of country; therefore we must be in Wonderland, the land where it feels like we run to stand still, but at the same time unexpected things happen. So perhaps we do what the Queen says and we try and run at least twice as fast? Already doing it? Thought so…

Individuals, businesses and society as a whole are continually attempting to outsmart the system, general belief is that to survive is to change faster than the competition. But to be able to change faster you have to change smarter. And to do this you need people at every level of the organisation to make committed, imaginative contributions to the success of the overall system. More employees need to be enabled to take a greater interest and more active role in the business.

It would seem I am now one of an increasing number of change or transformation professionals appearing in the workplace, which is a step forward as long as we’re able to help companies achieve real agility where every function, office, strategy, goal, and process—where every person—is able, enabled and eager to rise to every challenge.

People focused change in the workplace is complex and much of what’s been written about transformational change is either too conceptual and therefore impractical, too inspirational and therefore quite vague, or too company specific and therefore hard to apply to one’s own situation. A change journey is personal, but one you cannot travel alone. I’ve come to realise that the only way to successfully change change is to join the conversation – this is just a start, first post of many? Let’s see where it takes us, will you join me?

Originally published on LinkedIn Pulse