The Power of Changing Perspective
Larry Olsen June 3, 2020
If you’re a high-performing leader, how often do you consider making changes within your organization? Without change, we know that it can just be routine, routine, routine. Let’s be clear that nothing is necessarily wrong with that, as long as you’re getting the results you want.
Whenever we try to improve performance, we must tweak some things. I want you think about what needs to be tweaked, because more often than not, when we’re going to make a major change, we must consider what happens to the people in your organization. We must consider the people who’ve gotten comfortable with things the way they are.
As you know, some people are uncomfortable when you just move an item from one side of a table to the other. It doesn’t have to be a big change! But let’s consider the impact that changes make…
One day, I went golfing on a beautiful day with a friend. He kept slicing the ball, so after about the fourth hole, I finally asked him before he got up to the tee box, “What would you like to have happen?” He said, “Well, I’d like to get the ball in the middle of the fairway of course.” And I said, “Well, why do you want it to get into the middle of the fairway?” My friend says, “Because I wouldn’t be scrambling all the time and I’m sure I’d be able to lower my score.”
I said, “Alright. How important would it be for you to hit it where you want it?” “It would be amazing!” he said.
Then I replied, “Alright. I’m just going to ask you to just do a little tweak.” I asked him to bring his right hand over to the left a quarter of an inch. I stood behind him and he hit it right down the center of the fairway.
Fantastic! It wasn’t but a couple holes later, he’s slicing again, and I looked and noticed his hand was back to where it was originally. So I said, “Why did you move your hand?” He says, “It’s much more comfortable this way.”
This is often what happens inside an organization. Sometimes leaders don’ know how to make the change, and sometimes they have difficulty sustaining the change – because their people, as well as themselves, have gotten comfortable. And to many, being comfortable is much more important than improved performance.
What you need is a change in perspective. Changing perspective is learning to look at “the same” differently and be able to make the small tweaks, as well as sustain them.
Think about that within your company. I encourage you to take a look at what you and your people have gotten comfortable with and together we can make a small, yet long-lasting change of perspective within the minds of your organization, for improved performance.