Are you a change agent? Frustrated? If yes, I’d like to share this wee insight I’ve noticed – change takes time. A lot of time.
My average right now to cultivate change within an organization is two years (minimum).
The first year is spent building relationships:
- getting to know each other
- demonstrating that you are worthy of other people’s trust (if, in fact, you are)
- showing respect to others (even if you sometimes feel they may not “deserve” it)
- acknowledge that others have been heard by helping solve their problems
- helping remove barriers
If all of that works out, then you can start to cultivate change in the processes and systems around you. If it’s something big, expect another year of focused hard work before results start to show themselves.
So with that in mind, and with small results starting to show, I am committing myself to another two years of cultivating change within the organizations with which I am involved. There, I said it. You can hold me to it!