Today, I found a great blog post from Rosabeth Moss Kanter
which suits well to the concept of the Change Journey. She describes the difficult journey which often starts with excitement that quickly turns into disappointment and grievances:Whether you are President Obama leading the economy or Cindy CEO tying to keep your business afloat, use this checklist to determine when to persist and when to pull out.
Tune into the environment. What has changed since
you began the initiative? Do the original assumptions hold? Is the
need still there?
• Check the vision. Does the idea still feel
inspiring? Is it big enough to make extra efforts worthwhile?
• Test support. Are supporters still enthusiastic about
the mission? Will new partners join the initiative?
• Examine progress. Have promises been kept and
milestones passed? Are there early indicators, tangible demonstrations,
that this could succeed? Can the next wave of results sustain
supporters and silence critics?
• Search for synergies. Can the project work well with
other activities? Can it be enhanced by alliances?
Too many No's, and it might be time to cut losses and move on. But if the answers are mostly Yes, it is not over yet. You are still in the middle and still in the game. Renew the dream, regroup to remove roadblocks, surround yourself with supporters who cheer you on, and stick with it.
Recognize the struggle of middles, give it some time, and a successful end could be in sight.Read more here...