Are we are addicted to the old status quo? Could it be that all change initiatives we participate in are just a facade? Lipstick on a pig? Fun and games? Could it be that the way it is, is the way we really want it to be? I could get into examples but I’ve decided to protect the innocent today.
How can we tell? Well, change often implies that we enroll in some way new of thinking. A different set of values (supposedly) become important to us. We make decisions based on fresh set of principles.
I get that. So pray tell, how can we tell? Ask yourself this: what happens when things get tough? When things become uncomfortable? Do we revert to our old values and principles? Do our entrenched mental models step into high gear? What behaviors emerge? Old or new?
I often find in organizations (faith-based, social, work etc etc) that we talk a good game about how we want to change and how we intend to act differently. Unfortunately, our actions speak so loud that no one can hear what we’re saying (Jeff Van Gundy). Our behaviors are unchanged.
I’ve always believed that true change can only come about by assessing if our actions as invidivuals and groups are congruent with our (new) values and principles and then asking for help when they are out of wack. Change is hard. Good intentions are not enough. A lot of humility is required. The humility lacking in many of us.
Are we addicted to the status quo?