Change – grasp the chameleon!
Everyone knows that chameleons change colour to match their surroundings, right?
Wrong. Some chameleons can change colour, but they do it for other reasons:
- If a chameleon is feeling cold, it becomes darker, because dark colours absorb more heat.
- If a panther chameleon is angry, it turns reddish or yellowish. This warns other chameleons it’s looking for a fight!
- When a male wants to attract a female, it will change to its finest, flashiest colours.
- When a chameleon is ill, it will stay pale because it doesn’t have the energy to change colour.
OK, so now you can give David Attenborough a run for his money, what’s the point of all this trivia?
Well, current economic factors increasingly spur a raft of organizational responses, such as re-engineering, re-strategising, downsizing, streamlining, mergers, etc.
Whilst the chameleon is a master of change and adaptability, he has had to do this to learn to survive. People within the organisation have to adapt to to enable the organisation to survive, but the human condition is about safety and security, and the reason many ‘change initiatives fail is because they fail to address this and help people through change. At Adalta, the human element remains the life vein of our programmes aimed at helping managers lead their teams to achieve lasting, successful change.
If your company is making a particularily good impression of a chameleon we should talk, before things go a little off colour….
See details of our change management courses here