MVP: When change isn’t going well, we can work to overcome barriers and complete the project.
When Pam and I began our shortcut to get back to the Pennine Way, the path began well but quickly became overgrown. Ten minutes in, we were already experiencing difficulties. We could have turned back but didn’t want to “waste” the time we had already invested so we chose to press on.
The second choice we can make with a problematic change initiative is to press on to the end. Sometimes this strategy works, but it did not in our case.
After 30 minutes of wading through thick brush and mud (wearing our full backpacks) we found ourselves in a deserted farmyard with a burned-out camper van. Sketchy!
Pam and I spit up to scout around and at that point, two bedraggled horses came out from behind a building and got between the two of us. One of them took a fancy to Pam and began snuggling up to her.
We could have turned back before, but now it was too late as we had decided to press on.
So, what next?
Today’s intention: Take inventory of your organization. Is there anything you are doing that has lost its usefulness and which can be abandoned?