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Friday, August 28, 2009

Thoughts for a Change Agent

Here's a thought for any of you that are trying to drive change, whether at work or anywhere else in your lives...

Are you getting frustrated when you put new ideas "on the table" and you meet a lot of resistance? Does that get you frustrated and blaming the people you are trying to change? Well, here's a thought you might want to consider:

Sometimes the brick walls we run into are actually mirrors.

It is important for a change leader to understand the people they are presenting new ideas to. To understand the goals and fears of the targets of change. Put yourself in their shoes.

If you find yourself always blaming everyone else for not listening to you or even considering your ideas you might want to take a good look in the mirror.

1 comment:

  1. I hear you and that's where I am. Practicing patience is hard though, especially when the team doesn't see the value yet.

    When you are in Charlottesville again, please look me up. I'd love to chat with you and get your insight on delivering XP practices to dev teams. Or at the least in practicing patience until the need is felt in the nth retrospective. :)

    Tim E.