People don’t like change. We like to say we do, and there are some exceptions, but in general we stick to the status quo. It is called a “comfort zone” for a reason. If you don’t have a strong motivation, why would you ever leave an area with the word “comfort” in it for a journey through or to the “uncomfortable zone?”
Innovation by definition is change and sometimes a radical change from the past way of doing things. Often when innovating the principles of Change Management can apply. An entire department or organization may have to adapt to the new reality or product.
When trying to promote innovation as an idea or promate an actual innovation, recognizing and preparing for the potential pitfalls can help move you forward to success. Here are some principles and quotes that can help you in dealing with change and innovation.
- Recognize that resistance to change is inevitable. Don’t be surprised when you face resistance, expect it and embrace it. If your idea does not face resistance it may not be very innovative.
- Validate that change is difficult. Be aware that change can be hard on people emotionally. Just letting people know that you understand, and then helping them understand the potential benefits, can help others accept the change.
- Be Patient and persistent. Don’t give up. Change takes time, but the benefits are worth it.
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. – John F. Kennedy
Some people don’t like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster. – Elon Musk
You can’t build an adaptable organization without adaptable people, and individuals change only when they have to, or when they want to. – Gary Hamel