Change is just a Thought…
I was facilitating a two-day programme on Change Management. The context was Organisational Change but the discussion veered towards Personal Change because the source of any change outside lies ‘within’. Participants started reflecting on some of their personal habits which would be good to change, how and how much they interact with their family members, their personal commitments and so on.
I started the second day with encouraging them to share any change they made in the last 15 hours and their experience.
This is how one participant narrated his experience:
“I have a daughter who is 6 years old. After reaching home from work, my usual routine is to have a bit of chit-chat with my family and thereafter, most of my time goes in watching TV. Nothing in particular to watch but that is what I am used to.
Today, after reaching home (a little earlier than other days) and after freshening up, I asked my daughter whether she would like to go to the garden and play for some time. She gave me a surprised look and in excitement said, “Of course papa”. She used to ask for it earlier also but I usually gave a cold shoulder to this demand.
We were together in the garden for about an hour and returned home tired yet refreshed and joyful. I promised her to do it more often because I experienced a shift in my own feelings as well as our relations.”
My questions to the whole group were and to you are:
- How difficult are such changes to make?
- Why do we deprive ourselves of such experiences?
- What is the impact of such changes on relations?
- What is the impact of such changes on the organisation?
Please share your thoughts…