If someone told you that sales are going to explode beyond your wildest imagination in the next quarter would you believe it? Workplace proof often requires evidence. Does it also require imagination?
Change is a constant. Sometimes it is more accelerated and sometimes it is more gradual.
Do you believe in the change when you hear about it, or do you need to see it to believe it?
Buy-in is critical for navigating a changing environment. Change is driven by forces. Internal or external those forces will drive change.
As we are about to enter late summer and fall 2020, everyone likely recognizes we are in a presidential election year. Political opinions are everywhere on social media, on television, and perhaps even in your postal system mailbox.
What do you believe? You are influenced by those around you, your friends, and your family? What are your own individual beliefs?
It may be hard to pinpoint exactly what drives your personal beliefs. However, there are little triggers and reminders of what is important to you.
They may give you all of the proof that you need.
In the workplace, it isn’t that much different for how you’ll decide what you feel about the next change. You’re influenced in multiple ways about what will happen next. Whether you like it, believe in it, or think it is total garbage.
Role models will provide some of that influence. That influence will be entwined with your level of trust and respect for those modeling new behaviors or strategic plans.
You’ll also observe what others are doing and saying. You may have tendencies towards either leading or following, and much of that may depend on your comfort level, past experiences, and of course, your values and beliefs.
For most people, change requires proof.
Is your job changing? Are economic conditions pushing you towards a change? Do you need your team to pivot to a new direction?
To be committed to what happens next you may first have to decide what you believe?
That belief starts with what you consider to be proof.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.