Last week, we asked: What’s the biggest barrier to change in your organization?
- Inertia and the power of the status quo: 34%
- Lack of resources/competing priorities: 32%
- People not wanting to take risks that could hurt them professionally/personally: 26%
- Lack of skills/expertise to make changes: 5%
- We have no challenges and make changes as we need to: 3%
The fear of change and the fear of risk are the big barriers to moving your organization forward. When you look at the power of the status quo — 34% — dominating the lack of change, the root cause is because the status quo is known, comfortable and relatively risk-free. Add the dynamic of people fearing taking risks because of personal implications, and you have a recipe for inaction. The result is that resources are all allocated to less-risky projects while ones that drive change are starved. Your job as a leader is to break that inertia, balance the risk of your project portfolio and make change happen.