In almost every project, in every industry, I found that the management team, or the project team felt that change was necessary. However, talk is cheap when the rubber meets the road. Getting people to embrace change is very challenging.
In an attempt to help realize why change is sometimes necessary for a business to survive and thrive, here is my view on change, presented for your consideration:
C: Chaos – Loss of control, no clear definition of what is about to happen. How will things change? For what reason(s) do they need to change? Yes, for a period of time, you may feel like the ground beneath you isn’t solid.
H: Hostility- Will you have more work? Will you lose your job? You will be stressed, which may lead to anger?
A: Alone – Why is this happening to you? Why do you feel like you are the only one who isn’t embracing the change?
N: Nightmare - Most people are afraid of the unknown, and dread uncertainty. They go to great lengths to stay where they are to avoid going down a new path. A new path is scary.
G: Grief – Opening the door to bad possibilities - change could lead to worse outcomes. This leads to feelings of negativity and sadness.
E: Evil – As in, “The End”. You believe that the change could result in complete failure. You think it is a very bad idea that reeks of impending doom.