Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Hidden Workplace Barrier: Inertia

Amid all of the talk about change, it would help to acknowledge the power of inertia. Getting some organizations to change requires significant effort, even if a crisis is looming. What drives some people to hustle causes others to hunker down and all of your brilliant exhortations will be feeble prods.

You fight inertia by applying constant pressure: clear goals, monitoring mechanisms, frequent follow-up, and a reward system that favors forward movement. Without those, the slugs will freeze in place and wait for you to go away. The forces of inertia have enormous staying power and they count on your impatience.

No comments: