11. Incremental change brings about incremental results
People will always want to do less, which is why many leaders settle for incremental change, not radical change, even when radical change is needed.
You’ll be tempted to compromise and reduce vision to the lowest common denominator: incremental change.
Just know that incremental change brings incremental results. And incrementalism inspires no one.
12. Transformation happens when the change in question becomes part of the culture
How long does change take? It takes a while, and it’s important to persevere. Because over time, change becomes transformation.
You can change some things in a year and almost everything in five years. But transformation happens when people own the change. That’s often five to sevenyears; only then do most people not want to go back to Egypt.
So how do you know transformation has happened? Simple. Most people no longer want to go back to the way it was.
13. The greatest enemy of your future success is your current success
As I wrote about in Leading Change Without Losing It, success has its own problems.
The biggest problem? Success makes leaders conservative. The more successful you become, the less willing you are to change.
As a result, the greatest enemy of your future success is your current success.
The best way to overcome that?
Keep changing. Keep experimenting. Keep risking.
Successful organizations create a culture of change because they realize that success tempts you to risk nothing until decline forces you to reexamine everything. Keep changing.
I hope these 13 principles can keep you focused on a few of the toughest dynamics associated with change.
What would you add to this list?
And what’s been the most difficult aspect of change for you and your team?