Perspective is a Gateway to Change

Change is the word that so many fear, yet so many need. Change is often seen as so daunting due to our limited perspective.

Organizations innovate and change when they see something different. When they are willing to challenge the current mindset and to see perspectives outside their box.

Leaders in thriving organizations must also be willing to challenge their own mindsets and actions, constantly adapting to new opportunities and threats. Leaders who are personally “stuck” will find that trust erodes as their team sees what needs to change but isn’t.

Great innovators constantly strive to gain new and differing perspectives on the way things could function better, but also are pragmatic enough to consistently focus on what is working and not lose focus.

The risk is that the dreams of better can take too many resources from “what is” but the opposing risk is that if the whirlwinds of daily business consume every resource, innovation will likely never happen.

Strive to get input on how others are running their business and constantly be adding new ideas into your daily routine and business culture. As new insights come due to new perspectives, innovation and change will naturally flow.

Mountains Move One Rock at a Time

Your mind can be a powerful tool when used correctly but it can also hold you back and repel what you really want. Often our thoughts talk us out of something even before we start it.

Business:

• Thinking about a work project over and over again instead of starting it
• Excessive meetings and planning
• Remembering a person you need to call but putting it off because you don’t feel like it
• Contemplating that tough employee conversation over and over again that you keep avoiding
• Reflecting on what you’re going to do to build and then talking yourself out of it before you ever start it

Personal:

• Sitting on the couch instead of going to the gym
• Playing on Facebook instead of creating a meaningful experience with your children
• Watch a movie instead of working in the yard

The problem with using our hands is that it requires work. Yes, that four-letter word that is the secret to all success.

Mountains move by work – one rock at a time.

The Casualties of Innovation

• Horses were replaced by cars
• The telegraph was replaced by the phone
• CDs are being replaced by digital downloads
• Blockbuster is being replaced by Redbox and Netflix

No matter your current status in the marketplace, if you aren’t innovating you’re being left behind. What works today may not work next year, next month or even tomorrow.

Innovation is a mindset and culture within your organization. Innovative organizations thrive and adapt, despite the constant changing business landscape.

Does your organization constantly ask what is working well?
Does your business consistently ask what isn’t working?
Are you willing to ask hard questions in order to get to truth?
Do you adapt and change quickly based on new marketplace realities?
Are your events, products, and services consistently getting better?

Four Roadblocks to Change

Desires to become someone better are common but why do we often struggle to achieve what we desire? If it’s what we really want, why is the change so difficult? Any new project will hit roadblocks and to understand when and how they will show up can be vital to your success. Here are the possible roadblocks you may face:

1)      Getting Started – One of the greatest challenges when changing is understanding that it isn’t the “change” itself that is so hard, but rather the resistance to that change. Your mind can often create multiple reasons why you can’t accomplish something or why you should procrastinate before you ever get started.

2)      The Obstacle – Once you start down the path to change an obstacle surfaces that shows up differently than you anticipate. Plan on obstacles showing up. This can often derail you just after you begin.

3)      L.U.C.K. (Labor Under Correct Knowledge) – If you aren’t getting the results you want find experts that can help you adapt. Often people give up because they tap out their own level of knowledge and expertise when insights and answers are only a phone call or book away.

4)      The Finish Line – Be prepared to have the little voice in your head try to convince you that you’ve done enough before you reach your goal or objective. If you choose to listen you may end up just slightly short of the commitment you’ve made to yourself or others.

What other roadblocks have you encountered?