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CHANGE is hard. Make the SHIFT.

Alexandria Joy - Tuesday, August 13, 2019



CHANGE.

For such a small word it conjures up all sorts of reactions and emotions.

“Change is hard” is one common phrase I hear around many change fatigued workplaces.
“Not more change” equally so.  

And yet as a word it’s just a little verb referring to altering the form, nature, content, future course of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone. For example you can:

CHANGE your opinion (sounds like a complete switch-a-rooney).

CHANGE the course of history (whoa sounds heavy!)

CHANGE your name (yep I’ve done that several times – no I’m not escaping the law.)

Have you got any small CHANGE please? (even begging has become hard as no one carries cash on them anymore.)

Whatever way you use the word CHANGE sounds hard. As a company culture scientist helping leaders and organisations to conduct experiments to improve their culture I found the word itself was more the barrier than anything else. So I made a change. A switch to SHIFT, in particular to introducing the concept of the 10 degree shift.

Just this shift in language itself has seen greater engagement, openness, even relief that transforming a company’s culture is possible, probable and certain using just small sustainable shifts. Bypass the psychological resistance to the word and you bypass the stuckness, fatigue and hopelessness.

SHIFT.

SHIFT sounds simpler, gentler, more doable and palatable. Shifting leaders, employees and their behaviors is absolutely possible through consistently shifting to better communication, compassion, care and accountability.

In the current climate and era of business making radical changes could derail a company culture completely and make it go from innovative and warm to toxic and prickly. Far from making drastic changes, simply deciding on the goal or vision and then making constant, incremental, 10 degree shifts will see far greater long term traction. Like a plane taking off from an airport it is not any drastic moves they make in the sky that get them to their final destination but a series of small, micro shifts that untimately sees the plane land at the desired airport.

Our current approaches to organizational change are defunct. They simply won’t cut it in this global environment with multigenerational workforces. They are too hard and fast, controlling and linear, they will not allow for the flexibility, creativity and responsiveness needed today to help companies respond and course correct as the market ebbs and flows. However gauging the environment, the culture climate and making continual small shifts will help a culture stay fresh, vibrant and juicy.

External change is pervasive, all-consuming and accelerating but it can be handled more proactively and positively when a company culture is vibrant and healthy. It’s time to SHIFT our language and our focus. To all become scientists and make small, low risk experiments each and every day towards achieving excellence and improvement in our workplace relationships, learning and company cultures.

Will you make the SHIFT?

Become humble for the planets sake

Alexandria Joy - Monday, August 05, 2019

I was inspired by reading this conversation between quiet achiever Jane Goodall of The Jane Goodall Institute and His Royal Highness The Duke Of Sussex recently on the environment, humanity and the climate crisis in the soon to be released issue of British Vogue. https://www.vogue.co.uk/article/prince-harry-jane-goodall-september-2019-issue

Jane makes some important observations about the need for all of us to take our personal responsibility to change the world:

[There’s] more support, more awareness. But at the same time, a lot of apathy. The big message I take around is: every single person makes some impact on the planet every day. And you get to choose what you buy, where it comes from.

As a biophiliac with a deep love for humanity and nature, as well as company culture healer, I argue that organisations are possibly the world’s most underutilised resource for solving many human, economic and environmental challenges. In my experience most companies have failed to tap into and unleash the human power at their fingertips. While we are at a tipping point from a global climate perspective many people I talk to feel helpless and hopeless about their role in the future of our people and planet. I feel very strongly that improvements needn't be massive and radical, rather that continual 10 degree shifts at the personal level can make large improvements at the global level. We just need everyone to do something, to consistently make small shifts and changes.

And as Jane points out climate, environment and economics all go hand in hand.

The thing you have to do first to make this work is to alleviate poverty. Because if you’re really poor, you’re going to cut down the last tree because you’ve got to live.

The fact is when nature loses, that’s the end of all of us. We depend on nature, on clean air, clean water, all of our survival essentials. As Jane laments,

...how is it possible that the most intellectual creature that’s ever walked on the planet, that sent a rocket to Mars from which a little robot crept to take photos, is destroying our only home? It seems to be a disconnect between the clever brain and the heart, love and compassion.

We need to begin by making holistic, courageous, humane decisions by asking questions such as “How will this affect future generations?” "What legacy will I leave by choosing this option?"

We must rediscover our spiritual connection with nature, our ability to connect and integrate and align with the seasons, with mother earth, with our deepest soul self and with each other. And if you are a parent, a teacher, an aunt or uncle, an employer or leader then you can begin by seizing the opportunity to empower your staff, friends and young people to understand that they can make a difference.

We can live in greater harmony and we can leave lighter ecological footprints, all it takes is a little intellect and a lot of heart and soul.

What 10 degree shift will you make now?

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