Powerful organizations adore the status quo, so expect no help from them if your idea challenges the very thing they adore.” Seth Godin
“Leaders establish the vision for the future and set the strategy for getting there; they cause change. They motivate and inspire others to go in the right direction and they, along with everyone else, sacrifice to get there.” John Kotter
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.”
When you’re driving people to change, your best intentioned coercion is still coercion.
Are you being a tyrant about your change?
Why not try changing your focus to enabling the change (instead of enforcing it) and see what happens?
Experience tells me you’ll be more successful with your change. At minimum, at least you won’t be a tyrant anymore.
Unless you like being a tyrant. Do you?
If you do, why are you reading this blog?
This week’s quote comes from the speech, The Forgotten Man, given by William Graham Sumner in 1883.
The Forgotten Man…delving away in patient industry, supporting his family, paying his taxes, casting his vote, supporting the church and the school…but he is the only one for whom there is no provision in the great scramble and the big divide. Such is the Forgotten Man. He works, he votes, generally he prays–but his chief business in life is to pay…Who and where is the Forgotten Man in this case, who will have to pay for it all?
When you’re driving change you have no forgotten man. You have answered the question, “Who will have to pay for it all?” and found no one. Pay in the sense of be taxed (physically, emotionally or financially) against his will to create your change. Your changes are not unfunded mandates, impossible to follow rules or zero tolerance policies. When you’re driving change you’re not forcing a decision, you’re offering a choice, welcoming all who would like to join your cause.
All new ideas begin in a non-conforming mind that questions some tenet of the “conventional wisdom.” All improvements originate in a critical mind that mistrusts the “image” projected by some powerful organism. The innovator of ideas and social critic are essential to a free society; they are what makes the society free.” – Admiral H. G. Rickover