It seems the book I'm referencing most over the past few weeks is the Knowing-Doing Gap.
Published in 1999 this book encapsulates many of the reasons why people and organisations do not change.
The primary reason is that we do not turn what we know into action. There is a Knowing-Doing Gap.
A big reason for this gap is the organisational environment.
People don't change when:
- They feel pressure to hit deadlines
- Are fatigued or burnt out, lacking mental energy to do things differently
- Have psychological fear – When people fear for their jobs, futures or even self-esteem, they will do what they have done in the past
- Thinking quick and decisive decisions are valued by senior leaders.
- People around you, especially people in power, are not changing either.
This summary shares more and includes some tips on how to break free from this trap.
Think about your organisation. Is it making change the easy, natural thing to do? Or is it making change hard and scary?