Have you ever tried to change a behavior? Have you ever tried to overcome an unproductive habit and replace it with a more productive one? Then, you have probably experienced how difficult that is, even for smart, successful people.
The problem is that people think once they know what they need to change, they just do it. But knowing is not doing. Telling an overweight person, who wants to lose weight, to eat less and exercise more usually does not help—even though that's what they need to do.
The challenge is that in order to change a behavior, you need to change the underlying thinking patterns that cause this behavior first. And for most people that is more difficult and takes longer than they think.
So, as a leader, how can you change the thinking of a whole organization which you are supposed to lead through change?
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Several factors typically hold mindset in place. The first is that much of it gets deeply rooted early in our lives. Over time we tend to develop confirmation bias, forever seeking evidence that reinforces what we already believe, and downplaying or dismissing what doesn’t. We’re also designed, both genetically and instinctively, to put our own safety first, and to avoid taking too much risk. Rather than using our capacity for critical thinking to assess new possibilities, we often co-opt our prefrontal cortex to rationalize choices that were actually driven by our emotions. All this explains why the most effective transformation begins with what’s going on inside people — and especially the most senior leaders, given their disproportionate authority and influence.