Ya never know what you’re gonna get.
Boy of boy, do people hate change. Heads explode. Massive resistance. Fighting for the status quo or at least something predictable.
Maybe it’s the uncertainty that bugs people? … Ya never know what you’re gonna get.
So maybe change isn’t really the issue … but rather, it’s the uncertainty of NOT knowing what’s next? … or the what-you’re-gonna-get part. I think it’s the NOT KNOWING that is the bug-a-boo.
New President on Friday. Massive protest rallies on Saturday. Media meltdown on the Sunday shows.
Company announces a major change. Work comes to a standstill as everyone reacts – people have to talk about what it means.
In the new President’s case, he’s said a lot of different things. Bombastic things. He will need his actions to back up what he’s now saying. And be consistent in both his actions and speaking going forward. Consistent bombastic will be tolerated. All-over-the-board bombastic will be confusing and be resisted.
In a business case, if leadership’s previous promises have been consistently followed up with meaningful action, then a major change should not be unsettling. But if leadership has been inconsistent in the past, then a major change will (and should be) met with skepticism.
In a perfect world … Change is like a box of chocolates … it will be predictable, sweet, and yummy.