how to change things when change is hard

Posted on Wednesday.4.14.2010


I just finished the book Switch and I loved it. If you’re interested in changing yourself, the people around you, anything in your organization or anything at all, this book has both inspiring stories and some concrete ways you can start the change you want today. Here’s a summary of the books main thoughts:

1. Direct the Rider
FOLLOW THE BRIGHT SPOTS. Investigate what’s working and clone it.
SCRIPT THE CRITICAL MOVES. Don’t think big picture, think in terms of specific behaviors.
POINT TO THE DESTINATION. Change is easier when you know where you’re going and why it’s worth it.

2. Motivate the Elephant
FIND THE FEELING. Knowing something isn’t enough to cause change. Make people feel something.
SHRINK THE CHANGE. Break down the change until it no longer spooks the Elephant.
GROW YOUR PEOPLE. Cultivate a sense of identity and instill the growth mindset.

3. Shape the Path
TWEAK THE ENVIRONMENT. When the situation changes, the behavior changes. So change the situation.
BUILD HABITS. When behavior is habitual, it’s “free”—it doesn’t tax the Rider. Look for ways to encourage habits.
RALLY THE HERD. Behavior is contagious. Help it spread.

Points of Reflection:

– Before projecting change actions for others, what can you change in your own life/work?
– If nothing in your life needs changing, do you feel like you are growing?