Can Bananas Set Organizational Change Up for Success?
You might well wonder what a bowl of bananas and oranges has to do with change in the workplace. It turns out that a comparison between the two fruits can teach us quite a lot about how to set organizational change up for success.
When employees are given a choice between the two, they inevitably select a banana rather than the orange. Why? Not because one is more delicious or healthy than the other, but because bananas are easier to deal with. They are much easier to peel.
It is simply human nature to follow the easier path. So, when it comes to organizational change, the principle should be to make it easy for employees to change and somewhat uncomfortable for them to continue in the current undesirable behavior. Often just a few tweaks in either direction can make the difference between success and failure.
Examples of Managing Small Change
Organizational change on a larger scale is, of course, more difficult to achieve. But the same principle applies. You’ve got to make the change easy and appealing while the status quo appears less desirable. Include the following steps to set organizational change up for success:
The Bottom Line
There are a few tricks of the “organizational change trade.” Apply the banana principle of making change easy and appealing at the same time as you present the status quo as negative. Add these elements to your change management approach and enjoy the results.
To learn more about how to set organizational change up for success, download 5 Science-Backed Ways to Lead Successful Change
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