…is that it brings incremental results.
If you want incremental results, then embrace incremental change. The problem is that most of us don’t want incremental results. We dream of significant results. Even radically different results.
Here’s what’s true:
Incremental change brings incremental results.
Radical change ushers in the potential for radical results.
Where you get yourself in trouble is when you start believing that incremental change will produce radical results. Leaders can easily get to the point where they sincerely believe that small changes will produce big results, even though that’s almost never the case.
Why do leaders talk themselves into believing that incremental change will produce the results they are looking for? There are at least three reasons:
- Fear of people’s reaction to significant change. We know what happens to pioneers.
- Past opposition to change. Once bitten, twice shy.
- Belief that progress should come without pain. Very little significant is ever accomplished without significant struggle.
If you want significantly different results, push past the fear and stop thinking incrementally.