1. Change as economic principle
Are we willing to pay the price for a potentially far more attractive alternative? Not changing offers tremendous advantages. Scrutinising the reality and the desired future can throw one's entire life or way of working into complete disarray. Change occurs when the pain is unbearable and/or the appeal of a new and more attractive perspective is greater than our fear. This is how we weigh up gains against losses, either consciously or unconsciously.
2. Willingness to be disrupted
Change starts with letting go of old familiar certainties, assumptions, interpretations and deep loyalty patterns. Allowing yourself to be disrupted. The "wake up call" can come from within, or it might be set into motion by external events. It feels uncomfortable. However, the opening to a new perspective emerges from this confusion. Without confusion there is no change.
3. Looking and listening anew
Looking at reality through a new lens. Listening once again. The key is to reflect and observe the situation, not take action. In this phase, putting off the answer and having the courage to wait instead is important. Being okay with temporarily "not knowing" in order to be able to subsequently act from a deeper understanding.
4. Connecting with the past
For organisations, it is vitally important to know the history, the founders' stories and the original dream in order to be able to prime a development at an essential level. At the individual level, it is important to know where we have come from in order to be able to understand where we are now.
5. Defining new perspective
An attractive destination directs the attention and our energy. Everything that receives attention grows. Individuals who are clear about their destination make choices that are self-evident. In organisations, a shared focus brings people together without veiling the individual differences. It provides the change with direction. And so the energy flows more easily.
6. Accepting the consequences
Not everyone around you or in the organisation will appreciate the choices made. Change also means coping with the opinions and resistance from others. It is all about keeping to the "no" and daring to let go. To assume full responsibility for the "yes".
7. Setting off with an experimental mindset
Real change calls for repeatedly taking small steps in the preferred direction. Sometimes, it leads to failure or disappointment. This is exactly when we run the risk of falling back into the "old." We give up on account of a low frustration tolerance. Operating at the essential level requires a patient discipline and the will to keep learning over and over again. A constant willingness to (self) reflect. Learning as an attitude to life. Every day.