How to Cultivate Change at Work
Sustainable change is elusive. Whether you want to find a job you love or make a significant organisational change, the obstacles and the solutions are surprisingly similar.
Today's organisations are more like ecosystems than machines. So if you want to make a change, you are more likely to succeed if you approach a change you want to make as if you are gardener, not a mechanic.
Mechanics assume that a given set of inputs will produce a predictable result, time after time. But organisations are not machines. An organisation is an interdependent network of unpredictable and fallible individuals, groups and other organisations.
Mechanics tend to make big-bet, big-bang changes because they assume that outcomes are predictable.
In contrast, gardeners embrace unpredictability, rather than try to control it. Gardeners experiment to find out what works and what doesn't, ever watchful for unintended consequences. They don't assume that what worked before will necessarily work again.