I spent some time at a hospital this week (not as a patient), left for an hour or so, and returned after 8:00 in the evening to find that all the entrances were locked except for the ER. On the sidewalk outside the ER were three couples, each including a blanket-draped patient in a wheelchair, taking smoke breaks. I thought of that when reading the following article sent to me by Tim Eby (thanks) that talks about just how difficult change is to accomplish. --Dennis
Alan Deutschman writes:
What if you were given that choice? For real. What if it weren't just the hyperbolic rhetoric that conflates corporate performance with life and death? Not the overblown exhortations of a rabid boss, or a slick motivational speaker, or a self-dramatizing CEO. We're talking actual life or death now. Your own life or death. What if a well-informed, trusted authority figure said you had to make difficult and enduring changes in the way you think and act? If you didn't, your time would end soon -- a lot sooner than it had to. Could you change when change really mattered? When it mattered most? ¶ Yes, you say? ¶ Try again. ¶ Yes? ¶ You're probably deluding yourself. ¶ You wouldn't change. ¶ Don't believe it? You want odds? Here are the odds, the scientifically studied odds: nine to one. That's nine to one against you. How do you like those odds? ...
Link: Fast Company.