Change is like a elementary school bully, it talks big, looks big, and it tries to impose it's will on us. However, if you just slap the bully in front of other people the bully goes away. [youtube XvijyBIgazE]
Notice that once Ralphie takes out one bully, the other bully gets dropped with a single punch.
Change is one of the biggest challenges that leaders face. However, change is not the enemy, instead most often the enemy to change is ourselves. Every leader can stop and look around and see that there are things we took a stand against and we still have it down as we beat it unmercifully. Once we started throwing punches at it similar things tried to stop us and we knocked those things out to in our malee. But then there are other changes that we refuse to face. These changes seem to big. These changes intimidate us. I am no different. I have things around me that I am astonished I haven't changed yet. These changes are bullying me and I refuse to just charge at.
As leaders we have to ask ourselves, "Why am I not motivated to stand up to this change?" Young Leaders will always see other things as the reason for lack of change. They might blame people. They might blame structure. They might blame systems. They might blame the enviroment (stupid chlorophyl...I mean surroundings, not nature).
Unfortunately, like Ralphie, we typically have to come to a breaking point before we attack change. But this is where we have to be challenged as leaders. Servant leaders are out ahead of these things; reactionary leaders wait to attack. Servant leaders must have space to reflect or we will never recognize a bully (change that needs to happen) until it's already making fun of our moms.
If you are struggling with this, you might want to read Switch by Heath bros.
How do you attack change?