People resist change for good reason: change is uncertain, change is threatening and, when push comes to shove, we’re invested in the present. Once we nest into a role, we build our empires: our physical spaces, our habits and routines, our relationships of knowledge and power. Change threatens all of this, and often organisations don’t help by entirely failing to acknowledge this in top down models of change.
Under a co-created and co-owned change process, the organisation sets the frame, but the change is shaped by the community, providing an opportunity to see where we are invested in it. This provides the opportunity to create a change community, a space where people can take ownership and build a new reality in the new space.
Any change journey goes from intent to transformation: but it’s easy to get stuck on the route. Churning, but not changing. It’s at this tipping point that we need the change community to have momentum. to carry us through.