Thursday, May 19, 2011

Making Change

"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?"
Isaiah 43:18-19

5 Foundational Princles of Change

1) Change is life and life is change.
There's not an option. If you want to keep living, you have to go through change. It's a fact of life. When you stop changing, you stop growing! It is possible to change without growing, but all growth requires change!

A big question people ask: "When will things get back to normal?" Answer: Never. This is normal. Let's deal with it.
Good news -- God is unchangeable. Everything else might change -- but He doesn't. "In every change,

He, faithful, will remain."

More good news -- God uses changes to change us! He develops us and grows us through the painful transitions.

2) Change is always resisted.

Mark Twain said, "Nobody likes change except a baby with wet diapers."

Why do people resist change?

* Tradition (We've always done it this way.)

* Comfort Zone/Habit (don't ask me to stretch!)

* Fear of the unknown (What if I fail?)

* Unclear Purpose (Why do I need to change?)

3) People Adapt to change in different ways:

* 5% initiate change

* 10% are early responders -- quick to jump in!

* 70% go with the flow -- Agree when they get all of the facts.

* 10% are late responders -- They agree kicking and screaming.

* 5% shut down -- They kick and scream but never agree. If positive changes need to be made -- don't let the last 5% derail the mission.

4) Implementing Change

* Make Sure Your Purpose is Clear -- "Why Are We Doing This?" What's the bottom line?

* Sell the purpose, not the change -- Show the benefits of making this adjustment.

* People best agree to changes in an atmosphere of trust.

* Don't short-circuit the process -- Good adequate time for transition. * Not everyone will agree.

* Not everybody who disagrees is your enemy.

*Expect trouble -- Every change has a price tag.

* Remember, the best is yet to come!

5) What About Sacred Cows?

Answer: They Make Gourmet Hamburgers!


  1. Too funny! Hamburgers! I got to remember that one!

  2. Hi Mark,

    Is there a way to contact you directly via email?


    Carrie Taaca
    Higher Level Group / Leadership & Influence Blog