I was talking about change
with a friend of mine today.
She mentioned an
organization that was planning to do some interesting new things.
What struck us both was
that we could each recall several instances where the initial person highlighting
an opportunity was unceremoniously dismissed, marginalized or otherwise rendered
Ironically, in every
situation that came to mind, the organization ultimately moved in that new direction
after the person was gone.
It seems that companies
can take advice when it originates from people outside of their organization.
However, when an idea
originates from someone inside that person is far more likely to be attacked as
if they are a foreign body entering the organization’s blood stream.
Are “change martyrs” a
necessary part of the evolution process?