Why Corporates Can’t Change
Why do Analytic-minded organisations (e.g. the typical Corporate) keep trying to change yet repeatedly fail?
- belief in the utility of violence
- belief in the utility of command (and control)
- belief that change can be commanded
- belief in the utility of extrinsic motivators
- belief that change can be effected through extrinsic motivation
- extrinsic motivators reduce performance – longer term, and in knowledge work
- use of extrinsic motivation to effect change longer term, and in knowledge work, fails
- people’s behaviours are a product of their beliefs about how to get their needs met
- people’s behaviours change when their beliefs about how to get their needs met, change
- people will not change their beliefs just because they are commanded to do so
- no knowledge of other means to effect change
Simply put, collective belief in ineffective strategies stymies corporate change initiatives, every time.
Even more simply: The assumptions and beliefs held in common by corporate-style organisations countervail most if not all attempts at change.
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