I hate moving. It’s such a hassle. You have to pack while throwing things away and sorting the others. Then, you seal up all the items just to unpack and sort things again in the new destination.
Strategic Government Resources moved to a new office location this week (image to the left). It’s very spacious, and there are new facilities that we didn’t have before—definitely an upgrade in every sense of the word.
As I was settling into my new office space (which I love, by the way), I sat back and wondered, “What would have happened if we didn’t take the plunge and decided to stay in our old office location?” Sure, we wouldn’t have to go through the hassle of moving, but we also wouldn’t have enjoyed the new space that is now available to us.
I completely understand why organizations don’t like trying new things to adapt with new technology, culture, or circumstances. It’s a pain in the beginning. You have to get people on board with a new way of thinking, train them to do those things, and endure the inevitable learning curves along the way.
But instead of thinking about the “growing pains” of reaching that new level, think of the rewards that will come once your organization gets to that new level.
For me, it was a better office space with more perks. For you, it could be reaching out to a new demographic in your community that is usually forgotten or earning a distinguished award for your organization’s innovation.
Change successfully happens when you stop focusing on the negative and embrace the positive. Sell your fellow employees about the great outcome that will occur from the change, rather than the hiccups that will occur along the way.
That way, when those hiccups do occur (and they will), everyone will still have the final result in mind as motivation.