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This time of year – we seek improvement and renewal. We dedicate (or rededicate) ourselves to taking on new habits. I’m going to exercise, eat better, call Mom and Dad more often, take vitamins, see the doctor. Floss. We are eager to embrace change and start something new. But somehow, come the end of the month, those promises and new year’s resolutions fizzle out.
What stops us from executing these aspirations in our personal lives?
Is it dedicated time? Prioritization of where to start? Is it laziness and excuses? Is it just plain fear of doing something new to interrupt our daily habits – basic personal inertia?
What could help us achieve those aspirations, and do those same tactics translate into business change management?
In our personal lives, we use all kinds of techniques to adopt new habits. We write our resolutions and new year’s goals down with deadlines (lose 10 pounds by March). We find accountability partners to help us stay committed (a workout buddy). We dedicate time, space and resources to the goal (join a gym, sign up with a food delivery plan). We add in metrics to make the goal real and to track our progress (put new batteries in the scale). We use vision statements or vision boards to see the benefits and believe that we are getting closer to that goal each day (beach volleyball team pics on the fridge, weight chart).
Do the same techniques that help us personally apply to business transformations? I advocate, yes.
What stops you from adopting changes in your business?
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