In another one of my recent conversations with inspiring people I spoke with Jason Little of Lean Change. When asked to sum up his approach to organisational change the following statement was quickly provided: “The people who write the plan don’t fight the plan”
This simple yet elegant phrase neatly captures the critical importance of going beyond communication to achieve participation and co-creation in plans for change. It recognises the value of working together for a common purpose and it deals with the root cause of so-called ‘change resistance’ by actively collaborating.
I love this phrase. I will put it on a poster and hang it on my wall. I might even get a t-shirt printed.
So next time you are busy writing your plan for the next big thing. Stop writing, start talking and create the plan together. Simple.