This blog post is written in my alter ego of "Wise Owl" guest blogger for the MemberWise Network Blog. These articles are written with the Chief Executives, senior managers and staff of non-profit organisations in mind.
At this time of year we all see and receive endless numbers of tweets and blogs reminding us that this is the time of year to make resolutions which will make us better, happier, healthier in the coming year. The inferred threat is that we will only be successful if we do it all NOW.
There is some very well-meant advice at the heart of these reminders, the belief that we can look forward to improvements of all kinds if we, as individuals or organisations, can implement change. However, that is where most good resolutions come apart because most of us, quite naturally, find altering the status quo incredibly threatening and are consequently quite resistant to the idea.
The most interesting element of making changes that is often left unidentified is that improvements can be found by making the smallest of changes. Our resolutions and our need for change need not be about promising ourselves or our colleagues that fundamental differences will happen following sweeping changes. The most valuable change can happen with only the slightest effort and following the smallest adaptation.Read More