Saturday, July 10, 2021

Amplify Change Impact

Paradigm shift upon us is associated with deep ecology, nonlinear patterns and the pervasiveness of emerging energy, with a high level of impact and complexity.

Change is inevitable, as disruptions are frequent and unstructured, change itself has become unpredictable and evolutionary. Too often changes are made as a reaction to outer impulses, crises, and demands or internal unbalanced factors which cause conflict or unintended results. 

There are changes we desire, and some imposed on us. Change is never for its own sake, how can we identify the right spot to change for amplifying its effects and improve adaptability and professional maturity?

Building the learning wheel to shape the “change-fit”mindset:
People are the cause and effect of change in many circumstances. Behavior is a manifestation of attitude, attitude results from the thoughts. Change behaviors often only fix the symptom via manual control, but change mindset can be more innate to make change happen naturally. There are incremental changes and radical changes. Either individually or collectively, behavior can be changed either through operational adjustment based on small activities you take as you are introduced to information & skill; or through adaptive cognitive transformation shifts in thoughts or beliefs that result from looking inward and reflecting.

The bigger changes come with inspiring the mind and winning with purpose attitudes. You intend to change anyone's attitude or behavior, but they have to be the ones that change at the mindset level. In theory, everyone has the ability to change their mindsets. But in practice, because every person has degrees of both open and closed mindsets in different contexts; tied into this is the degree of resistance to change. Change indicates a degree of uncertainty. There is a willingness to "not know" and be able to source possibilities in the emergence space, to be curious and receptive to improvisation and experimentation and failing, from letting go of the current reality to allowing an unknown future state to emerge. The change agents or champions have a “learning wheel” in their mind, either raining or cloudy with unpredictability or uncertainty, they can adopt the right attitude, being willing to experiment, as a basis for then being able to think differently, independently, and globally, develop appropriate skills to deliver desired capability.

Understanding the butterfly change effect
- small changes in the initial conditions could have large, unpredictable consequences in the outcomes of the system: Any change that doesn't reduce the friction people experience in doing their jobs will be perceived as misdirected. People are the system, organizations are the system, societies are systems. To drive transformative change, you must first understand the concept of the true meaning of the system as well as the underlying functions and processes, pinpoint the hotspot to change and push the right button for amplifying the change effect. The intention to change is to make a better future; evaluating the past can certainly lead us to a good insight towards the future; unfolding systemic relationships, soliciting feedback, listening to different opinions, are all important to help find sweet spots to change for making significant impacts.

In reality, there is a mix of old and new, physical and virtual, order and chaos, solid and flow; tangible and intangible; there are many idioms that refute the premise: "Some things never change," "the more things change, the more they stay the same," "there's nothing new under the Sun," etc. True, most change is not going smoothly; change inertia, change incoherence, change fatigue, are all symptoms to cause pain. More often, change cannot be pushed down, but needs to be pulled through empathetic communication, holistic management discipline and innovative practices. People are the center of change and they need to become a change agent, knowing “where you are driving them to,” and “what’s on it for them.” People need to know what will push their buttons, and how to get motivated for change, so they can become part of the “butterfly” transcendental phenomenon.

Starting small- hold yourself and others accountable: Change doesn't happen overnight, but neither did the current situation. Before you know it, you are changing, the team is changing, bringing more people into the circle of change over time. Change has a lower percentage of success rate. The larger change you initiate, to more chances you perhaps fail. You will be held accountable" is on the face of it, not a bad thing, you have the freedom to do whatever needs to be done, and the responsibility to ensure you do your best to bring about a good outcome.

Have the right dose of risk tolerance and clarify the goal: Making continuous improvement via taking a journey of a thousand steps. Professionals can empower themselves to make one small change to make their daily work environment better, more productive, more pleasant, share that experience with others and trust that others will do the same. Identify and initiate pivotal changes, also make large complex changes gradually, hold people accountable for their decision scenarios and change processes. A professional is responsible for his/her actions; to himself/herself or his/her conscience. He/she should be accountable to his/her company. Develop change capability in those who'll help to drive and deliver the change, also consider the ability of those impacted by the change. Accountability is a part of personal integrity and it goes hand in hand with the delegation of authority or power. If you ensure the individuals have autonomy within their tasks or projects you will be able to address performance on an equal partnership basis. One of the "obstacles" is not having the same rules for accountability applying everywhere. The management is responsible to develop a performance system that enforces accountability with consistency.

We are in a time of tremendous change, the dawn of the digital age, the path to the next level of digital maturity, a quantum leap with radical change. The successful individuals or businesses are the ones that have learned why to change; when change is called for, how to decide what to change, and who will get involved. System Paradigm shift upon us is associated with deep ecology, nonlinear patterns and the pervasiveness of emerging energy, with a high level of impact and complexity. Build on the momentum while keeping an eye on the scale, adoption, and flexibility. takes vision, courage, and discipline to drive transformative changes relentlessly.


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