Leaders can get excited about the prospect of introducing a new program into their organizations. And, often are sorely disappointed when implementation fails to go as planned. How many times are new initiatives abandoned, leaders and staff frustrated by the amount of energy and effort expended for very little result? And then, things go back to old way of doing things.
Well, part of the reason is that we tend to focus almost exclusively on the plan and very little on the people. In his book, "Managing Transitions," William Bridges talks about this phenomenon, describing how we fail to recognize that people need to deal with the loss of the established system before they can take on the new system. Bridges says that transition starts with an ending and finishes with a beginning.
How often have you recognized the emotional upheaval created by your decisions to implement new ideas in your school district?