Some Obstacles to New Approaches (with ways to handle)

- daily behaviour (most of this is based on routine and habits, like running on autopilot, ie

"...today we communicate, we make decisions, we engage in collective actions......much as we did yesterday, and many days before that..."

Bob Dick, 2021)

To overcome this, we need to think and act like novices, ie like we are experiencing something for the first time, eg curious, try to make sense of the situation, plan and act tentatively, evaluate outcomes, willing to experiment ( trial and error), etc

- change is difficult (we prefer the status quo and to stay in our zone of comfort - for more detail see elsewhere in this knowledge base).

To overcome this, we need to get alignment with our rational thought processes, emotions and intuition so that going outside your normal zone comfort is acceptable; willing to push our thinking in pre-frontal cortex area of our brain.

- competition (adversarial, ie 'win-lose'; self-interest dominates; belief that people are selfish )

To overcome this, we need to learn to collaborate, ie 'win-win' - everyone is a winner; encourage self-management, empowerment, autonomy, etc

- authoritarian hierarchies (bosses are held responsible for subordinate's behaviour)

To overcome this, we need more autonomy and self-management; pushing decision-making to lower organisational levels, etc

- problem-solving (reliance on the expert usually in the old paradigm, or out-dated way of thinking)

To overcome this, use broad-based, multi-disciplinary teams; don't rely on technical experts

- relationships (usually superficial in the workplace, ie staff are not familiar with each other's story)

To overcome this, have more effective relationships at work and improve emotional intelligence (for more detail, see elsewhere in the knowledge base), ie know each others' stories

- purpose and meaning (too often workers are 'stuck in the daily grind', ie getting the job done)

To overcome this, people need to understand the 'big' picture and how they are contributing to it; working for a greater good or cause can give purpose and meaning; when recruiting, give priority to people with the right attitude, values, etc

 

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