Change Traps

Change Traps

Change Trap #9 – The Content Trap(s)

The essence of communication is transmission between senders and receivers. An interesting and enjoyable conversation can be had by leaning out an open window and talking to your neighbour. In a corporate context, this can be done over the phone, via email, Teams, over the table in a conference room, or maybe on the bus on the way to the airport. Different places and channels have their strengths and weaknesses, and work more or less effectively depending on the topic and the circumstances.Read more

Change Traps

Change Trap #6 – Skipping The Middle Manager

Imagine a big old oak tree full of birds. If you clap your hands hard enough, the whole flock will take off, and the tree will be left empty. The birds will fly in all directions for the first few seconds, but each individual bird will quickly adapt to the flock in a mass movement of circling around or flying away together.

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Change Trap #4 – Square Pegs Stuffed Into Round Holes

One trap that’s pretty easy to fall into is when the change you want to make hasn’t been properly prepared. In other words, you haven’t done your homework.

In recent decades, many companies have been pushing forward, expanding at a rapid pace, and generally seeing the world as their oyster. Many companies have grown through new acquisitions, for example by acquiring their local competitors. In recent years, digitalisation of business and operations has accounted for much of the change initiatives that are being implemented.

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Change Trap #3 – The Big Why

You can change a lot if you manage to inspire a genuine commitment to the reasons behind making the change in the first place.

The power of ‘why’ is easily understood if we just consider how we ourselves handle change. ‘You need to lose weight!’; ‘You need to learn how to make pivot tables in Excel!’; ‘You need more exercise!’; ‘You need to use our style guide when making PowerPoints!’. If you want to achieve any of these things, you need to both understand and feel the ‘Why’, right?

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