CommSense points a reliable formula to address change

Everything started the year, every year, having spent the rest of the parties to carry out a review of our weaknesses, threats, strengths and opportunities, and making firm purpose of making this time, Yes change. Almudena Marcos, Business Developer Manager at Omron and partner in Strategic Projects CommSense tells us the exact formula to approach it with guarantees.

No doubt: "change", "change", "Process of change", "Personal change", "Organizational change" ... talk about a concept that is part of the daily lives of people and businesses.

In fact, in management books phrases about change abound:

  • "No one bathes in the same river twice, because everything changes: the river and oneself ", he wrote the Greek philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus.
  • «When you can not achieve what you want, better change of attitude ', He opined the Latin author Terence.
  • "The world we have created is a process of our thinking. Nothing can be changed without changing our thinking ', He argued in his day Albert Einstein.
  • "You must be part of the change you wish to see in the world", Según Mahatma Gandhi.

And conduct an Internet search, the entry "change" the following results:

  1. English searches on "change management": 464 millions.
  2. Articles in Spanish "organizational change": 9 millions.
  3. Entries related to "changing habits": 75 millions.

Personally, we all do at least once a year the "great purpose" to improve: learn English, changing eating habits, do sport, devote more attention to the couple, to the children… How many of these good intentions turned into real changes just? How many of them started and, shortly after, leave?

A changing world

A professional level, We live in a world VUCA: volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous; where change is a constant. Companies need to reinvent themselves, accommodate different challenges arising from new technologies. Concepts such as globalization, digitization, decentralization ... we push change organizations, the structures, the strategies, Ultimately activities ..., We encourage change to survive.

So, If change is so important to keep happiness and motivation in our personal lives and professional, What it is the reason why we find it so hard to change? What is the reason why many strategic changes for businesses end up being great failures?

Thanks to neuroscience have discovered that the way our brain works has a lot to do with the failure of change. On one side is the fact that our brain is vague, and strives by all means keep the acquired habits, as this allows you to work in "automatic mode", instead of investing energy in creating new ways of doing things.

Specific, in the professional scope, our brain is always working in "survival mode", detecting any situation that may be a threat to our survival or our ego .... Change means leaving our comfort zone, supposed to do new things, ... differently with the associated risk of failure.

So, If despite wanting to change the brain is opposed from the subconscious, What are the tools we have to start a change are? What can we do to win the battle against our subconscious?

Much has been written, discussed and communicated this fact ... and everything I've read about how to change work processes, and what to do and how to reach success, I prefer something simple and powerful. Nothing more and nothing less than a mathematical formula that find the lever from which to activate any changes.

The formula for change

I want to clarify, first of all, that is not mine, but Jim and Diana Chapman Dethmer. According to these two experts, so there is a C (Change) We have to get the product of Dissatisfaction (I) we feel and Visualization (V) the resulting new state, plus the necessary first step (P) which must be greater than the resistance (R) It is causing any change. In mathematical symbols would become (VxI)+P>R

First, work is needed to increase the value of V (Display). This is, What it is the main reason why we want to change? What does change for my personal or professional life? How do I look after this change? how I look: what and how I will? What my emotions will be in this new scenario? What will my level of happiness and motivation thanks to him?

And at the same time, should properly redirect the degree of I (Dissatisfaction). Or what is the same, what we feel, as individuals or as an organization, by the fact perpetuate the current situation, if we are not able to change? What is the emotion that defines my current situation? What it is the consequence of not doing so effective? How will our lives, personal or professional, in six months if we have not made the change?

Once these values ​​potentiated, the only thing missing is give the (P) First step. The plans are great on paper. Even though, without that first small step will begin to change anything. What is the first thing to do to start with change? When I will? What tools or support me tell you that first step toward change?

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