Changing how we talk about change
Met with a project team last week. And like project teams everywhere, they came up with a slogan to tell the world what they’re doing and get everyone as excited as they are.
"Champion of Change". Sounds catchy. Short and snappy.
Yet I had a wise boss who forbid us from ever using the word change. I thought it was a little dumb at first but now I see the wisdom of his ways.
Change is great if you’re driving it. A welcome break from routine. The chance to create something new and better.
Leading change is one thing. Being a follower is something else altogether.
Change is rarely much fun when it’s being done to you. Will the change work? Will it make things better, the same or worse? For many of us, it’s better the devil we know. So we stick with the familiar.
Time to change how we talk about change.