Think about the things that are tough at work, or in life. In order for you or your organisation to turn them around, what if they need to get worse before they get better? For example, a faltering CRM means more work and manpower to get ready and implement a new one. A toxic team member needs a few performance conversations, which could increase tension in the team and then they leave. Enter new hire, person to train, and more time to invest. Even breaking up with someone who you know is not good for you means pain and heartache before the healing.
There is a name for this. It’s ‘Kanter’s Law’. Professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter from Harvard coined this phrase. He suggests that all things get worse because they can be better. This is why some things feel like a failure or a poor decision in the middle of it yet it may be the inevitable part of the change journey.
How many teams or organisations are prepared to push through the pain to get the gain? We can become very short sighted in decisions we make. For obvious reasons around the time, money, resources and stress it might take. We don’t like sitting in the suffering. The hard stuff. But is staying the same serving? I would suggest it’s a pick your pain. The pain of staying the same or the pain of growth. Either way you can’t avoid it.
What is something that your organisation might need to suffer well before the positive affect occurs? Is there a better way to look at the progress?
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