Many times I see reluctance to accept change – including my own. I decided to summarise the typical story:
Stage One – Some research is done to indicate we need to change.
Stage Two – We rubbish the data and ask for more evidence of the need to change.
Stage Three – More evidence gathered which confirms the need to change.
Stage Four – We rubbish the data again but say that we are prepared to discuss it but make it clear we do not intend to change.
Stage Five – We reluctantly discuss proposed changes but remain unconvinced this is a positive way forward and complain that the old ways are better.
Stage Six – We gradually accept that changes may be required as we see others seemingly accepting the need for change.
Stage Seven – We get involved with others in implementing the change.
Stage Eight – We begin to see benefits in the new way.
Stage Nine – We start to promote the new way to others less happy with it.
Stage Ten – We become champions of the new way and start persuading others this is really the way forward (and, by the way, we supported it all along really)
Stage Eleven – Someone suggests changes to the new way.
We return to Stage Two …… and start again
Ok I accept that is very simplistic - what else would you expect from me? However I honestly believe there is a lot of truth in this from my experience in management for over 3 decades so do you agree broadly this journey through change is fairly typical or am I way off mark?